Food Safety during a Power Outage
Below are some tips to help you keep food safe during a power outage!
- Keep the door closed – this will help to maintain the cold temperature
- If the fridge is not opened, it will keep food cold for approximately 4 hours.
- After 4 hours, it may be necessary to move perishable items (meat, poultry, soft cheese) to a cooler filled with ice cubes and gel packs. Alternatively, place some items in the freezer.
- In the event of a prolonged power outage, try to obtain dry ice. 20 kg of dry ice should help to keep a cubic-meter fridge cold for up to two days. Be sure not to handle the dry ice with your bare hands or to let the dry ice come into direct contact with any food.
- Keep the door closed.
- Group food together, as it will help the food to stay cold for longer.
- A full freezer will maintain its cold temperature for about 48 hours. A freezer that is only half full will retain its cold temperature for approximately 24 hours.
- If you know in advance that you will be having a power outage, freeze containers of water for ice to help keep food cold in the freezer, fridge and coolers.
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