Small appliances such as microwaves, food processors, blenders, toasters, toaster ovens and coffee pots should have short cords. Always plug these appliances in near an outlet rather than connecting them to an extension cord. Observe all manufacturer warnings.
Be sure to unplug a coffee pot when you are finished consuming it for the day--coffee left over a burner turns into a very thick residue in the bottom of the carafe. Never reuse a carafe after this has happened--the carafe could shatter next time the pot is full, causing burns or cuts.
Check to ensure any plates or containers you place in the microwave are microwave-safe. When heating liquids in the microwave, retrieve them very carefully and stir them with a long-handled utensil to be sure no bubbling over will occur. Poke holes in potatoes before microwaving them to allow steam to escape; failing to do this can result in an exploded potato and a nasty burn.