How do I teach my child microwave safety?

Children often prepare their own meals or snacks, often in a popular kitchen appliance -- the microwave. Because burns and spills are a common hazard related to microwave oven use, make sure children know how to use the microwave safely.
  • Put the microwave oven on a sturdy stand -- one that's low enough for kids. If children need to reach too high, they may pull a hot dish down on themselves.
  • Teach children to read the controls on the microwave oven -- the time, the power level and the "start" and "stop" controls. If kids can't read them, they're too young to operate a microwave alone.
  • Teach children what materials are microwave-safe and keep these utensils and containers within your their reach.
  • Always have your child use a potholder to remove hot food from the microwave. Keep potholders handy for kids.
  • Teach children to stir heated food before tasting. That distributes the heat and avoids hot spots that can cause burns.
  • Show them how to open containers such as popcorn so steam escapes away from their face.
Until you're sure your child has mastered safe use of the microwave, provide supervision.

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