What are the dangers of old microwave ovens?

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What are the dangers of old microwave ovens?
Old microwave ovens can possibly leak microwave radiation. (microwave image by Adrian Hillman from Fotolia.com)

Microwaves are used by nearly everyone these days. Many are bothered by the potential radiation leakage that can occur from using these ovens. The Food and Drug Administration sets and enforces standards for performance for electronic products to assure that radiation emissions do not pose a health hazards to public health. There's no need to worry about microwaves leaking from ovens that are properly maintained. However, if the microwave oven being used is old, there's a highly probability that the door hinges, latch or seal may be loose or not working properly. This can cause possible microwave radiation leakage.

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Radiation leakage

The Canadian Centre for Health and Safety states that old or faulty door seals are the most common cause of microwave radiation leakage. Dirt build-up, mechanical abuse and everyday wearing away can cause faulty seals. Old microwave ovens should be thoroughly checked to make sure that the hinges, latch and seal is in working condition. Again, a damaged or old microwave oven may produce microwave power leaks. A microwave in good working condition should not present potential health hazards. You can contact the oven's manufacturer for questions concerning latches, seals and door hinges.

What are the dangers of old microwave ovens?
Mechanical abuse can cause faulty seals. (microwave image by andrey polichenko from Fotolia.com)

Pacemaker health concerns

In the past, microwave radiation was thought to interfere with the signals of pacemakers. Pacemakers are electrical devices and interference from other electrical products can send inaccurate signals to the heart muscles. In spite of this, well-maintained ovens are not likely to cause this interference. Old microwave ovens pose a higher threat. Pacemaker patients should use microwave ovens with caution, especially older ones.

What are the dangers of old microwave ovens?
Patients with pacemakers should use microwave ovens with caution. (Heart image by Blue Frog from Fotolia.com)

Avoiding microwave hazards

For starters, if you have an old microwave that needs maintenance, fix it, throw it away or get a new one. Eliminate the problem. Make sure that no damage is being done to the door or door seal. A defective door and seal can lead to radiation leakage. And lastly, keep the oven clean after each use and out of reach from children.

What are the dangers of old microwave ovens?
Keep children away from microwaves to avoid hazards. (children image by Marzanna Syncerz from Fotolia.com)

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