On the side of the microwave there is a gap and I can see the microwave light when it is running.
Is this dangerous, am I nuking myself ??
My son says no, his wife says yes.
Microwaves.....nuking myself ??
I don't think you can 'nuke' yourself. It isn't that kind of radiation (it isn't ionizing radiation) and can't cause damage to your molecules. I would not put my eye there - the door sometimes is see through but it has metal grate in in. The microwave cooks via heating the moisture in the food, and so I wouldn't put a body part near an opening in the microwave.
The microwave cooks by using "high frequency, high power" radio waves to cause the cells in the food to vibrate (which also releases moisture).
I do not use anything plastic in the microwave.
If I were you I would replace the microwave. IMHO. = better safe than sorry.
It's time to get a New Energy Efficient one they are not that much anymore and cooking will be fun again the new ones have rotating bottoms that cook better.
And It would Be Safer for You in the Long Run
Are you sure that you are seeing the light that illuminates the food and not a pilot light that illuminates the buttons. The pilot light doesn't matter. I wouldn't think that an opening into the microwave chamber would be good.
It definitely was the light that would go on while the microwave was running.
After reading everyones comments I trashed that one and bought a new one.