11/16/2011 02:23 pm ET Updated 4 days ago

9 Hidden Kitchen Dangers And How To Avoid Them

Have you ever wondered whether it's safe to stand in front of your microwave while using it? Or if reheating food in a plastic container is really as bad for as you as people say?

In pictures: 9 Hidden Kitchen Dangers and How to Avoid Them Slideshow

Though necessary, learning about kitchen safety and the potential dangers lurking in your kitchen can make you overly paranoid and never want to cook again, let alone eat out. But, fear not, because we've gotten to the bottom of the myths, horror stories, and tales of invasive bacteria to help you cook safely and happily at home.

Related: How to Be a Successful Home Cook

We turned to expert Dave Wentz, author of The New York Times bestselling book "The Healthy Home" to learn more so that we can (safely) put our fears aside. We asked him for the truth behind these hidden dangers and for advice on the best solutions.

Related: The 25 Foods Everybody Wants to Cook

From using nonstick cookware to how to best store your food, check out his informative and sometimes surprising answers below.

- Yasmin Fahr, The Daily Meal

More from The Daily Meal:
10 Cookbooks Everyone Should Have
Bacon: It's What's For Dinner
25 Best-Selling Cookbooks of All Time
The Ultimate Thanksgiving Countdown
10 Hidden Truths About Your Kitchen