If your office is like ours, the microwave oven is second in importance only to the coffeemaker. Convenient, yes, but it can also be dangerous if employees aren’t careful.
Here are some tips for using the microwave safely:
- Read the manual. Especially when the oven is brand new, take a look at the instruction booklet and other materials to ensure that you and your co-workers know how to use it correctly.
- Use the right containers. Stick to microwave-safe containers for heating or reheating food. Metal is usually dangerous in a microwave. Plastics can melt or contaminate the food they’re holding.
- Don’t leave the microwave unattended. Starting it up and walking off to do something else can be hazardous if a fire starts, or if the microwave malfunctions in any way.
- Be careful handling heated food. Keep a pair of oven mitts handy. Wait a few moments before removing food. If you’re heating water or soup, remember that the container may feel cooler than the liquid inside it, so don’t start gulping it down right away. Be careful of steam when removing lids.
- Don’t seal food. Though it’s a good idea to cover contents with a paper towel or a loose lid to prevent splattering, don’t leave a tight cover on any containers when you turn the microwave on. The air inside can expand when it heats up, causing an explosion.
- In case of fire. If something starts burning inside your microwave, don’t open the door. Turn the oven off immediately, unplug it, and keep the door closed until the fire burns itself out. Stand by with a fire extinguisher and wait until it’s safe to open the door.
For more information on safety at the workplace, or to get some answers about your current PA business insurance situation, please visit our virtual insurance agency at www.TheWeimerGroup.com, stop by one of our two locations, or give us a call at 888.304.6678.