Microwave Oven Safety for Kids

by Roberta Duyff, MS RDN FAND

Microwave Oven Safety for Kids

Because burns are a common hazard related to microwave oven use, make sure children know how to use a microwave oven safely.

  • Make sure the microwave oven is on a sturdy stand — one that's low enough for kids. If children need to reach too high, they may pull a hot dish down on themselves.
  • Teach children to read the controls on the microwave oven-the time, the power level, and the "start" and "stop" controls. If kids can't read them, they're too young to operate a microwave oven alone.
  • Always have a child use potholders to remove heated food from the microwave oven — whether the food is hot or not. In that way it becomes a habit. Keep potholders handy for kids.
  • Teach children to stir heated food before tasting. That distributes the heat and avoids hot spots that can cause burns.
  • Show them how to open containers so that steam escapes away from their face. That includes packages of popped microwave popcorn.
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About the author:

Roberta L Duyff MS RDN FAND

Roberta Duyff, MS RDN FAND

Author of "Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, Fourth Edition" and "365 Days of Healthy Eating from the American Dietetic Association" (both published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New Jersey).




  • Cook healthy

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  • Eat right

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