Keeping Food From Spoiling During Outage

Many people have no power at home and may be concerned about the food in their refrigerators and freezers.

Here are some tips, compliments of the Fayette County Health Department.

Let's start with your freezer. If it's half full, food there should be safe for up to 24 hours.

Food in a full freezer will be good for 48 hours.

As for your refrigerator, take out milk, other dairy products, meat, fish, eggs, gravy and leftovers that can spoil and pack them into a cooler surrounded by ice.

And remember, keep your freezer and refrigerator doors closed as much as possible to trap the cold air inside.


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  • by Suzanne Location: Versailles on Jan 29, 2009 at 04:53 AM
    It is an "ice" storm. You can put some things outside, as long as they are in a sealed container.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Jan 29, 2009 at 04:35 AM
    Whoa, whoa, whoa there TC. Let's not get common sense involved here! No place for it! :)
  • by Michael Location: Nicholasville on Jan 29, 2009 at 04:09 AM
    If you have to be told how to keep your food fresh you probably shouldn't be allowed to live on your own.
  • by TC Location: Frankfort on Jan 28, 2009 at 07:22 PM
    There's also outside. With lows in the lower 20's tonight and highs in the upper 20's tomorrow, your food will be fine outside (above freezing temps aren't forecast til sunday), provided you have a way to keep it away from animals and such. Keep it out of the sun to avoid heating it up and keep it dry. It's not that hard. All it takes is a little common sense.
  • by Adam Location: Lexington on Jan 28, 2009 at 03:11 PM
    Place frozen food right outside your door in a cooler.

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