Health Tip: Food Safety During a Power Outage01/07/14
(HealthDay News) -- One of the first things on your mind after
your power goes out is "what happens if my food spoils?"
The U.S. Food Safety Inspection Service offers this advice to
help keep food safe during a power outage:
- Once the power goes out, try not to open the refrigerator or
freezer doors, maintaining the cold temperatures as long as
- An unopened refrigerator can keep your food safe for about four
hours. A fully-stocked freezer can keep foods frozen for about 48
hours if unopened.
- If you expect an extended outage, keep your refrigerator or
freezer cold with a block of dry ice.
- Keep a supply of healthy, non-perishable foods on hand in case
of a power outage.
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