Since childhood, most of us have been deprived of the simple pleasure of gawking at a running microwave oven. The putative radioactive risk form the oven appeared more hazardous than say a threat of an all-out nuclear war during juvenile days. Personally, the perceived threat was so high that every time the oven started while I was in the vicinity, it became a top priority to vacate the kitchen. If you too were intimidated from the menace and could never openly witness the majestic light, I have news for you: it was a hoax.
Yup, that’s right. The dangers of the microwave oven were made up. In fact, Thomas Steinemann, a professor and the speaker of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, in an interview with SELF, explicitly said, “I have never seen or heard of anyone ever with an eye injury related to using a microwave.” That should mean a lot coming from someone at the American Academy of Ophthalmology. But if you still have doubts about a possible radiation hazard sitting on your kitchen counter, consider that even UL (the people who test and approve of machines for their safety) declared microwaves to be a safe bet.
First and foremost, ovens use microwaves radiation which are not the ionizing kind of radiations (ionizing are the rather dangerous bunch, look up their place on the EM spectrum). Moreover, even the transparent side of the oven has a metallic mesh covering it, which simply doesn’t let the radiations through. And the doors of microwave ovens have a solid seal that doesn’t let the radiations escape.
Finally, the biggest charge on our intelligence, the light you see inside the microwave, yeah the light that’s on when the oven is running, is the normal visible light. It’s there to help you see inside the oven when it’s up and running. What, you actually thought you had microwave-vision?