Safety Tip


Purchase a microwave oven that has the label of an independent testing laboratory. Read all of NFPA's microwave oven safety tips and download our free safety tip sheet

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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