Plan for an emergency before it happens.
Power outages at home:
- Store food carefully to prevent foodborne illness when power outages make refrigeration unavailable.
- Use food that can spoil most rapidly first.
- Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed.
- Use an ice chest packed with ice or snow to keep food cold.
- Buy dry ice to save frozen food. Do not handle dry ice with your bare hands.
- Use blocks or bags of ice in your refrigerator.
- Use caution if storing food outside during winter to keep it cold.
- Secure food stored outside to prevent contamination by animals.
- If in doubt, throw it out. Throw out meat, seafood, dairy products and cooked food that doesn't feel cold.
- Never taste suspect food. Even if food looks and smells fine, illness-causing bacteria may be present.
Adapted from Washington State Department of Health (DOH Pub 821-030 March 2008) and Washington State Military Department Emergency Management Division resources.
FoodSafety.gov Power Outage Flyer
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