If we lose power, what are the recommendations for food in fridge or icebox?
In the event of a power outage, perishable foods including meats, dairy products and eggs that haven’t been refrigerated for more than two hours should be discarded because they are no longer safe to consume. Foods that have been contaminated by flooding should also be discarded. Be particularly careful to thoroughly disinfect surfaces that may come in contact with food, such as counter tops, pantry shelves, pots and pans, dishes and inside refrigerators, etc. If your power comes back on after food is your freezer has already begun to thaw, use an appliance thermometer to check the temperature in you freezer. Food stored in the freezer at 40 F or below is safe and may be refrozen. If a thermometer has not been kept in the freezer, check each package of food to determine the safety. Remember you can’t rely on appearance or odor. If the food still contains ice crystals or is 40 F or below, it is safe to refreeze. Residents are advised to wash their hands after handling food to protect themselves and others from spreading food-borne illnesses.