This information was obtained from the April-May (1995)
issue of Nexus Magazine and from Jerry Adams
Do Microwaves Leak?
A survey conducted among the Professional Service Associates, a group of microwave repair servicemen, indicated that over 56% of microwave ovens two years or older leaked levels of radiation 10% higher than the safety standards set by the FDA. More often than not, a simple adjustment was all that was needed to stop the leakage.
What Causes Microwave Ovens To Leak?
Slamming the oven door, dirt or food particles caught in the door seals and hinges, or basic wear and tear all cause the oven door to slightly seperate from the oven enclosure. Once this happens, invisible, but highly dangerous microwaves leak through the small space and cause irreversible damage and injury to the user.
How Dangerous are Microwaves to People?
The FDA has established microwave radiation exposure levels greater than 5mw/cm2 to be dangerous, but many medical experts disagree and think this level should be lowered. Independent studies have revealed levels much lower can cause:
Particularly vulnerable to excessive microwave radiation is the developing fetus. The lens of the eye and the testes are also vulnerable because of the body's inability to cool down these areas.
There are Safety Tips for reducing the risks associated with microwave radiation.
How Can I Tell if My Microwave Oven Leaks?
There are inexpensive products available in most hardware stores used to test for hazardous leaks. One such product is the Detecto Card by Enzone. If you do have a dangerous leak, you should not use the microwave oven until it is properly repaired.
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