Loss of power from winter storms can compromise the safety of refrigerated food. For example, a refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4hours if the door is kept closed. Knowing how to determine if food is safe and how to keep food safe after a power loss will help reduce the risk of foodborne illness.
The key to food and water safety during and after a natural disaster or weather emergency – is being prepared and having a plan.
Knowing how to keep food safe (before a disaster occurs) and how to determine if food is safe (after the disaster) will help minimize the potential loss of food and reduce the risk of foodborne illness.