Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Microwave Oven Safety for Seniors – Family Caregiver Quick Tips

Many seniors who are aging in place prepare some of their meals and snacks in the convenience of their microwave ovens.
It requires little preparation and one touch operation.
But how safe is the food they prepare in a microwave — and how safe are our senior loved ones when they use theirs?
Because there is real danger when microwave ovens are in use, the Food and Drug Administration regulates them to help keep us all safe.
There are specific safety guidelines that manufacturers must meet to protect our health.

Microwave Injuries

When used correctly and kept in good working condition, microwave ovens are generally safe.
However, there are injuries that frequently occur and can happen to our seniors putting them at risk.
Some common injuries include:
  • Burns from hot containers or eating hot foods
  • Scalding from super-heated water
  • Exploding foods
  • Microwave radiation if there is leakage
  • Newer pacemakers no longer get interference from microwaves as many believe but check with your senior’s doctor to see if their device could be affected. Click here to continue reading.

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