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How to prepare for and keep your food safe during a power outage
The below tips will help you prepare for a power outage and ensure your food stays safe while the power is out.
Preparing for a possible power outage
- Keep a thermometer in your refrigerator and freezer
- Freeze water
- Wash containers thoroughly before using
- Use to keep food cold if the power goes out
- Use for drinking as it thaws
- Purchase a generator
- Have a cooler
- This will be used to store food and keep it cold
- Freeze refrigerated items that aren’t going to be used immediately
- Milk and leftovers
- Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed
- This will keep the food cold
- Keep foods close together in the freezer
- This will help the freezer keep its temperature longer
- Place foods in a cooler with frozen ice or gel packs
- Do this only if the freezer is full
- Do not place food outside
- Temperatures can vary
- Animals might get the food
- If it is cold outside:
- Fill empty containers with water and place outside to freeze
- Snow and ice can be used in a separate container
- Use the frozen containers in the refrigerator, freezer or cooler
- Heat foods outdoors
- Camp stoves
- Contained fires
- Discard refrigerated perishable foods after four hours without power
- Milk and other dairy products
- Check the foods’ temperatures
- If the temperature is below 40°F, the food should be safe to eat.
- Check for ice crystals on foods in the freezer.
- Food can be refrozen or cooked.
- Throw out any foods that have:
- Unusual texture
- Never taste food to see if it is safe.
- Keep an appliance thermometer in both your refrigerator and freezer.
- Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed during a power outage.
- Use a cooler if the temperature rises above 40° F in the refrigerator or freezer.
- Never use camps, stoves or grills indoors to cook food.
- Discard all foods that have an unusual texture, color, or odor.