First hitting our kitchens in the late 1960s, the microwave oven has become a staple kitchen appliance.
While we’re all savvy to kitchen risks such as slips, trips and falls, due to wet floors, and hob-related burns, what exactly are the risks related to microwave use? Are they safe to use?
Beyond kitchen slips and trips: Microwave safety
Think beyond basic kitchen slips and falls, towards the realms of science. Microwaves heat food by producing electromagnetic radiation, which is absorbed by the food’s water molecules.
The electromagnetic radiation causes the water molecules to vibrate, which creates heat. After a specified subjection to the electromagnetic radiation, the heat cooks the food.
Is electromagnetic radiation safe?
Many health enthusiasts have argued that consuming food that has been cooked with electromagnetic radiation is unsafe; however, if you are using a modern-day microwave oven, there are no proven risks to cooking your food in this way.
No kitchen-related illness or accident is likely to be sustained. Microwaves use non-ionising radiation, which can move cells but not change them chemically and therefore, will not cause diseases, such as cancer.
Do microwaves alter the nutritional value of food?
Whenever you cook food, the nutritional value is altered. This is true whether you opt to steam, boil, fry, bake or microwave your food – the nutritional value always changes.
Used correctly, microwaves can be a healthy way to cook food. Do not over-cook produce, use as little water as possible, and much of the nutritional value will remain.
Have you suffered an accident or injury due to a household appliance?
From slips and falls due to leaking boilers to shocks from poorly-wired appliances, when you become hurt in the home you may feel that there is little you can do.
Yet, if you have suffered from a domestic injury or illness and believe a third party is to blame, you could be entitled to personal injury compensation for the distress you have endured.
All manufacturers have a legal responsibility to ensure their product does not jeopardise your health and safety. In a case where this obligation has not been met, the business in question can be held liable for the consumer’s illness or injury.
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