Easy methods to inform in case your microwave is leaking harmful radiation – 7NEWS.com.au
Microwaves that are not checked or cleaned regularly can emit potentially hazardous radiation.
The handy kitchen appliance that can be found in most kitchens can pass the test for radiation leakage when new.
Legally speaking, radiation should stay in microwaves, but warped doors and poor seals can lead to leaks.
“We see microwave leaks all the time,” microwave oven tester Jarrad Goulding told 7NEWS.
The Australian safety standard for leakage from microwave ovens is a maximum of 5 milliwatts per square centimeter.
Goulding, who mainly runs tests in workplaces, said he found values that were above the limit.
Dirty microwaves can cause radiation to escape. Image credit: 7NEWS
“We see microwaves emitting from two to three times the safe level,” he said.
The cause of the leaks is because the equipment is improperly maintained – with broken glass, loose or broken latches, and food stuck to seals.
The non-ionic radiation from microwaves does not pose a cancer risk, but it can cause burns.
The Australian safety standard for leakage from microwave ovens is a maximum of 5 milliwatts per square centimeter. Image credit: 7NEWS
“The people most at risk are pregnant women or children as they are much closer to the microwave,” added Goulding.
Microwaves do not need to be professionally tested if properly maintained.
It is recommended that you regularly clean the interior and seals after use, and check that the door and hinges close smoothly.