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Are microwaves dangerous?
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The government has rules concerning microwave oven leakage, so you donТt really need to worry about a microwave oven being dangerous to you. You get more exposure to these high frequency radio waves from a cell phone than from a microwave. The cooking area is enclosed by a Faraday cage, which keeps the radiation safely inside the oven, and away from people and pets. The mesh you see on the door allows visible light to pass through, letting you watch the food cook, while blocking most of the microwaves. It is rare that a microwave passes through the mesh, but it does happen occasionally. The incidence of this is so low that it poses no real danger to you. This is because the frequency of the microwaves is much larger than that of visible light. The legal limit of microwave leakage for new microwaves in the United States is 1 mW/cm≤ at 5 cms.