Keeping Food Safe During a Power Outage

A power outage can happen at any time. It could be due to the high winds of a thunderstorm, a lightning strike or an ice storm. Or it could be due to an old or faulty transformer.

Whatever the reason it happens, a power outage is a major hassle. Thankfully, most of the time they only last a few hours. But in those few hours, all the food in your refrigerator and freezer could spoil. Here are some tips on making sure your food will stay safe to eat if you lose electricity.

Preparation

One of the best things you can do to keep your food safe is to plan ahead. If you live in an area prone to outages, get an appliance thermometer. Put one in the refrigerator as well as the freezer. If the temperature in the refrigerator is 40°F or lower, and the freezer temperature is 0°F or below, your food will be safe.

You should also consider filling several one-quart storage bags with water and keeping them in the freezer. These will fit around food to make sure it stays at a safe temperature if the power goes out.

During an Outage

If you lose power, take the frozen bags and put them near as many perishable food items in the refrigerator as you can. Put your milk, poultry, meat, and leftovers in the freezer. Then shut the door and keep it closed. The refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours if it remains closed. If the freezer is full, it should keep its temperature for two days. If it’s half full, it will keep the temperature for one day.

If your refrigerator, freezer or any other appliance suffers any sort of damage due to a power outage, the professionals with Appliance Home Service can help. Contact us online or call 281-656-8428 to schedule a repair.