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Microwave ovens need to be enmeshed electrically (an approximate Faraday cage) to prevent microwave leakage which can be harmful if you are close enough. Dropping a microwave oven is not good! Even a small gap (badly fitting door for example) can leak significant microwaves. The eyes are particularly susceptible and damage is cumulative.
Jenny asked the Naked Scientists:A few months ago my microwave oven fell off the shelf it was sitting on and one of the sides got bent up. The microwave works fine except it has an opening on the side where it fell.Is it safe to use the machine? Is there any risk of the microwaves hurting me?What do you think?
...It's amazing how such a sophisticated bit of wave theory can be at work in something so mundane as an oven door. And be ignored by everyone!Has anyone else any knowledge of this being used for microwave ovens?http://www.freepatentsonline.com/4700034.html I found this to prove I'm not just raving mad!
I'm a bit dubious about microwaves. Ours at work are tested annually, and last year we were told one was leaking and we should bin it. It didn't appear to have any cracks or any damage, and wasn't especially old (although I guess it had had a lot of use). I must admit I never stand in front of a microwave when its on, whether its old or new.