Better Safe Than Sorry
October 9, 2019
If the power goes out at home, it’s important to keep your food supply safe – especially if the outage lasts a few hours or longer. Please remember these tips:
- Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. Most refrigerators will keep food safe for up to four hours during a power outage if kept closed. A full freezer will maintain a safe temperature for about 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full).
- After four hours or more without power, discard refrigerated perishable food such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs and leftovers.
- Frozen food may be safely refrozen if it still contains ice crystals or is at 40°F or below; however, its quality may suffer.
- Never taste food to determine its safety after a power outage. Evaluate each item separately. When in doubt, throw it out!
For more details, use these charts from foodsafety.gov* as a guide.
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You may not need to discard everything from your refrigerator. You should be able to keep:
From your freezer, a few items usually can be refrozen even if thawed:
Otherwise, don’t take a chance – throw it out!
*This information is from a website maintained by an outside party, which is entirely responsible for the site’s content.