Food Safety Tips During a Power Outage

Food Safety Tips During a Power Outage

Here are some food safety tips to prepare for power outages

  • Get Appliance Thermometers and place in your refrigerator and freezer.  Your freezer temperature should be at or below 0 °F and the refrigerator should be at or below 40 °F
  • Freeze ziploc bags of water and place in the freezer.  This has a double purpose.  The first is to help in keeping the temperature in your freezer lower and you can use the water for drinking once it defrosts.
  • Freeze any items that are currently in your refrigerator including milk, meat, butter, leftovers, etc.  This will preserve them that much longer if the power goes out.
  • Have coolers on hand to keep refrigerated foods cold longer if the power goes out for more then 4 hours
  • Have a supply of bottled water stored safely.

If the Power Goes Out

  • Be sure to keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible.
  • If your freezer is full, the temperature will remain at safe levels for approximately 48 hours.  If the freezer is half full it will remain at the proper temperature for approximately 24 hours.
  • Food that is above 40 °F for 2 hours or more must be discarded

Be sure to check the FDA Website for even more important Food Safety Tips.

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  • Erin

    I heard that Shoprite in Oakland has offered freezer space to anyone in the area without power, just be sure and label the box!

  • JerseyCityWoman

    Hey Cindy! So good to read your posts, after your brief absence. Hoping only good for your family. Please be safe in your new home! Right now, in Jersey City, rain and increasing winds! Be safe everyone in Sandy’s path!

  • I always follow the motto, “If in doubt, throw it out”. It’s not worth getting sick trying to save food. Couponers can get more for cheap/free anyway 😉 We still have power for the moment (Monday at 1pm). Hoping everyone stays safe during the storm!

  • Karen

    Hey all. First chance I’ve had to get on the site since Monday. I’ve been out of power for just over 24 hours and projecte date for it to go back on is November 5th. Storm wasn’t horrible but just started making a list of refrigerated stuff to replace and I’m overwhelmed!! I agree though, when in doubt throw it out! Be safe all!