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Power Outages in Your Home

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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. Power Outage Flyer

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Contact the Food Safety Program at or (253) 798-6460.



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