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Keep Food Safe during Power Outages
April showers bring May flowers, but they can also bring thunderstorms and power outages. If a storm or accident shuts off power to your home, do you know how long your food will stay safe in your refrigerator and freezer?
Start by asking two questions: How full is the refrigerator or freezer? Since the power went out, how many times has the door been opened?
Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible so heat stays out and cold stays in. The more often the freezer or refrigerator door is opened, the faster the temperature rises, decreasing the length of time foods are safe.
Unopened, most refrigerators will hold food at the right temperature for a minimum of four to six hours. Full freezers keep food frozen for about two days if the door remains closed. A half-full freezer will warm faster, so food may only stay frozen for one day.
For more information on keeping food safe during power outages, visit www.HomeFoodSafety.org and visit our Storm Safety page.
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Reviewed February 2013