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Faulty Microwave Causes Kitchen Fire in Eugene?

4/18/2023 (Permalink)

A person places a bowl of food inside a microwave oven. We restore fire damage 24 hours a day in Lane County.

One day while reheating some food in the microwave, I heard a weird crackling noise. I looked at the microwave in time to see sparks inside erupt into flames! Yikes! Thankfully, I had a fire extinguisher handy. I grabbed it and put out the fire before any major damage occurred. Phew!

Our North Eugene and Northwest Lane County is trained and certified to restore fire, smoke, and soot damage quickly and efficiently. The National Fire Protection Association offers these safety tips for using a microwave oven:

  • PURCHASE a microwave oven that is listed by a qualified testing laboratory. Make sure to complete and return the product registration card. This way, the manufacturer can reach you if there is a recall of the product.
  • PLUG the microwave oven directly into the wall outlet — never use an extension cord
  • MAKE sure the microwave oven is at a safe height, within easy reach of all users
  • OPEN food slowly, away from the face. Hot steam or the food itself can cause burns.
  • FOOD heats unevenly in microwave ovens. Stir and test before eating or giving to children.
  • NEVER heat a baby bottle in the microwave. Since a microwave oven heats unevenly, it can create hot pockets, leading to burns. Warm a bottle in a bowl of warm, not hot or boiling, water, or by running it under the tap.

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When you have soot or smoke damage in Eugene and need fire damage restoration services in your home or commercial business, our North Eugene and Northwest Lane County teams can help. Call us today at 541-799-0090.

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