Jan 5, 2007

Micro waved water - a MUST read

Micro waved water - a MUST read

A 26-year old decided to have a cup of coffee. He took a cup of water and

put it in the microwave to heat it up (something that he had done numerous

times before). I am not sure how long he set the timer for, but he told me

he wanted to bring the water to a boil. When the timer shut the oven off,

he removed the cup from the oven. As he looked into the cup, he noted that

the water was not boiling, but instantly the water in the cup "blew up"

into his face. The cup remained intact until he threw it out of his hand

but all the water had flown out into his face due to the build up of

energy. His whole face is blistered and he has 1st and 2nd degree burns to

his face, which may leave scarring. He also may have lost partial sight in

his left eye. While at the hospital, the doctor who was attending to him

stated that this is fairly common occurrence and water (alone) should

never be heated in a microwave oven. If water is heated in this manner,

something should be placed in the cup to diffuse the energy such as: a

wooden stir stick, tea bag, etc. It is however a much safer choice to boil

the water in a teakettle.

General Electric's (GE) response:

Thanks for contacting us. I will be happy to assist you. The e-mail that

you received is correct. Microwaved water and other liquids do not always

bubble when they reach the boiling point. They can actually get

superheated and not bubble at all. The superheated liquid will bubble up

out of the cup when it is moved or when something like a spoon or tea bag

is put into it. To prevent this from happening and causing injury, do not

heat any liquid for more than two minutes per cup. After heating, let the

cup stand in the microwave for thirty seconds before moving it or adding

anything into it.

If you pass this on ... you could very well save someone from a lot of

pain and suffering.