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Keeping Food Safe When The Power Goes Out
The power goes out and you think nothing of it. It has happened before and should be on pretty soon, even if there is a storm outside, right? You may be making the first big mistake to keeping your food safe in a power outage situation. Refrigerators need to be less than 40 degrees and freezers around zero degrees (or less) to maintain an environment where bacteria cannot grow and taint the food, rendering it inedible.
Most refrigerators will maintain a low temperature that keeps your food preserved and safe to eat for about 24 hours, if not opened. The more it and the freezer is opened, the less time you will have before things start to spoil. Thankfully, there are several things you can do to extend the time you have to figure out what to do if the power doesn’t come back on right away. If you do not have a thermometer in your freezer, there are some great tips and tricks to tell just how warm it may have gotten that will indicate that any raw meat should be tossed out.