Often on Friday evenings, our daughter invites friends over to watch movies. It was on a night like this we learned the hard way of how important it is to learn about new microwaves because it can prevent microwave kitchen fires.
When our daughter went to cook popcorn that evening in the new microwave, she didn’t know the wattage was higher than in our old microwave and set the timer for five minutes just like she always had. She then went to go visit with her friends in the family room, and the overheated oil and popcorn caught the packaging and our new microwave on fire, destroying it and the kitchen cabinet holding it.
Microwaves often cause kitchen fires when cooking popcorn or reheating leftover food. This is particularly important during COVID since so many of us are eating more at home. Also, every 4.5 minutes in the United States, fire fighters are dispatched to homes with a kitchen fire cause by unattended cooking or microwave fires.
You can prevent microwave kitchen fires by following the following Fire Safety Pro Tips from NFPA.org:
- Always supervise children when they are using a microwave oven.
- Use only microwave-safe food containers or dishes.
- Never use aluminum foil or metal in a microwave oven.
- If you have a fire in the microwave, leave the door closed, turn the oven off and unplug it from the wall.
- If the fire does not go out, get outside and call the fire department immediately!
You can Prevent Microwave Kitchen Fires by installing a 110v FireAvert for your microwave to plug into. This device will automatically shut off power to your microwave when your kitchen smoke alarm sounds. By turning off power to the microwave when the smoke alarm activates, you mitigate the risk of causing a kitchen fire in your home.
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