Power Out

Stronger storms can mean more power outages. Here are a few tips on what to do if it happens to you:

  • Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. 
  • If the door stays closed, food will stay safe for up to 4 hours in the refrigerator and up to 48 hours in a full freezer 
  • Group frozen foods together if your freezer is only partially full. 
  • Transfer items you don’t need immediately to the freezer. 
  • If the power is out longer than 4 hours, and a cooler and ice are available, move refrigerated perishables to the cooler. 
  • Discard meat, poultry, and fish that has been above 40° F for more than two hours. 
  • Visit this website for information on which foods are safe and which to throw out after a prolonged power outage. 

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