Food Safety During a Power Outage

February 25, 2010

Meat in FreezerThis past weekend, my power went out and I was not expecting that to happen. We had quite a few inches of snow on the ground. I took my food out of the fridge and placed everything into a large plastic storage crate.


I sat the crate in the snow and kept it there until the power came back on late Sunday night. This kept my food from spoiling and I could get whatever I needed easily. I just had to open my back door. It was like having a freezer at my disposal. I have always done this in the winter if the power went out.

By tricia minter from Ridgeway, VA

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June 2, 2017

Always keep a quarter on top of a frozen ice cube tray. If the quarter has sunk to the bottom, you know the things in the freezer thawed and refroze during a power outage and are not safe to eat.


This tip is especially useful if you were away from home on vacation for a few days or more.

A coin in an ice cube tray inside a freezer.

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June 14, 2001

As you may know, we have had a horrible storm that has hit Houston, Texas. A lot of people are without power and will be for several days. What I have done for some time is to empty plastic milk cartons and fill them with water. This will not take up much room in your freezer.

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April 26, 2002

Sooner or later there will be a problem. It might be a winter ice storm or summer wind and rain. There are also questions about food safety when the freezer fails or is accidentally unplugged.

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November 5, 2013

This page is about food safety after a hurricane. During a bad storm, power outages and flood waters can contaminate foods in ways that aren't always obvious.

A sign that says hurricane season.

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