Beware… Home Based Business Can be Dangerous and Hazardous. Silly but true story, I was so involved in my work I totally forgot about my food in the microwave. I must have pushed 55min not 5 minutes. When I realized what had happened the kitchen, dining room and living room were filled with smoke and then the smoke alarms went off, so loud it woke the neighbors. Lesson – never leave food cooking unattended.