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Health Tip: Microwave Safely

(HealthDay News) -- Microwave ovens, regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, should be safe to use without risking exposure to unhealthy amounts of radiation.

Burns -- from hot containers, overheated food or boiling liquids -- are another story.

The agency offers these tips to help ensure safer use of your microwave:

  • Follow all instructions in the manufacturer's manual.
  • Use microwave-safe containers. They should never be made of metal or plastic that could melt.
  • Avoid super-heated water, which could lead to scalded skin.
  • Check for any damage to the microwave's seals, door hinges or latches, any of which could lead to a radiation leak.
  • Never use a microwave with the door open.
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