In June, an apartment fire sparked by a microwave oven displaced residents in a two-story 10-unit apartment complex in Isla Vista. Although the fire caused extensive smoke damage to the apartment in which it originated, thankfully no injuries were reported.
In this issue, we’ll talk about the potential fire hazard posed by microwave ovens and share steps you can take to make sure your home or business issafere from experiencing such an occurrence.
ARE MICROWAVE OVENS KNOWN FOR CAUSING FIRES?
Indeed, they are. Between 2007-11, fire departments in the U.S. responded to an average of 7,100 fires annually that were caused by microwave ovens. These fires resulted in an average of 150 civilian injuries and $31 million in direct property damage.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF THERE’S A FIRE INSIDE THE MICROWAVE?
Simply leave the microwave door closed and unplug the unit from the wall. If the fire does not go out, go outside and call your local fire department.
HOW CAN I ENSURE SAFE USE OF MY MICROWAVE?
While the convenience offered by a microwave oven is something we often take for granted, safety in using it should not be.Make sure your microwave oven is listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
WHAT SHOULD I KEEP OUT OF THE MICROWAVE?
These items should never be placed in a microwave oven:
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If your home or business is damaged or destroyed by fire, keep the home restoration experts at J&M Keystone in mind.
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