Microwave ovens

Microwave ovens are one of the leading home products associated with scald burn injuries not related to fires.

Facts and figures

  • During 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 7,100 home* structure fires per year in which a microwave oven was involved in ignition. These fires caused an annual average of less than 10 civilian deaths, 150 civilian injuries and $31 million in direct property damage.
  • One in every six (17%) of microwave oven home structure fires cited appliance housing or casing as the item first ignited.
  • Two of every five (41%) of the microwave oven injuries seen at emergency rooms in 2012 were scalds.
  • One in five of microwave scalds were incurred by children under five years old.

Source: NFPA's "Home Fires Involving Cooking Equipment" report by Marty Ahrens, November 2013.

Also see: Download a fact sheet on microwave ovens (PDF, 76 KB)

* Homes are dwellings, duplexes, manufactured homes, apartments, townhouses, rowhouses and condominiums.

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