How to Save Your Perishable Foods During a Power Outage

During a hurricane or other powerful storm, there’s a good chance of experiencing a power outage. That can cause all sorts of problems, but one you might not think about at first is all that perishable food in your refrigerator and freezer. Bacteria will begin to grow in perishable foods, wasting the food and the money that you paid for it.

  • Use Appliance Thermometers – Keep a thermometer in your refrigerator and another in your freezer. The safe zones for perishable items are 40°F or lower in the fridge and 0°F or lower in the freezer.
  • Freeze Water – If you live in an area prone to power outages, make your own ice and keep it in the freezer. Use one-quarter plastic storage bags and fill them with water. Freeze them and then transfer them into the fridge around foods when the power goes out.
  • Coolers – Keep at least one or two coolers in your home so you can transfer food if the power goes out. You should also know where the closest places to buy ice and dry ice are in case they sell out quickly.
  • Non-Perishables – While you can’t avoid perishable foods that need to be kept cool, you can stock up on non-perishable, ready-to-eat foods so you have at least enough for a few days on hand.

Keep your refrigerator and freezer closed as much as possible. A refrigerator can keep foods at safe temperatures for about four hours without power. Another thing you can do is keep it fully stocked; a full freezer can hold its temperature for about 48 hours. On the other hand, a half-full freezer will only keep for about 24 hours.

Don’t be afraid to throw away foods that you think have gone bad; when in doubt, throw it out. Your family’s safety is more important than the money you spent at the grocery store. Contact Alufab USA for all your hurricane protection needs at 239-226-4872.