Garvin County Cooperative Extension Service

FOOD SAFETY DURING POWER OUTAGE Refrigerated & Frozen Food and Power Outages: When to Save It and When to Throw It Out Refrigerated Food and Power Outages: Your refrigerator will keep food safe for up to 4 hours during a power outage. Keep the door closed as much as possible. Discard refrigerated perishable food such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers after 4 hours without power. Frozen Food and Power Outages: A full freezer will hold a safe temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full and the door remains closed). Food may be safely refrozen if it still contains ice crystals or is at 40°F or below, however, its quality may suffer. Never taste food to determine its safety. PLEASE REFERENCE THE CHARTS BELOW FOR SPECIFIC LIST OF REFRIGERATED AND FREEZER FOODS

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