Very important info when boiling water in microwave oven?????


A 26-year old person 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 tea kettle.


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