DURING A POWER OUTAGE
The Connecticut Department of Public Health stresses that it’s extremely important that proper food safety is practiced in the event of a power outage:
- A refrigerator will keep food safe for up to four hours during a power outage.
- Avoid opening the door if possible or only open the door when necessary to quickly grab any food items needed.
- If the power outage lasts for more than four hours, discard perishable food such as meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, cooked produce, and leftovers.
- You should never taste food after a power outage to determine its safety.
- Restaurants and other food establishments must consult with their local health department with regards to remaining open or re-opening after a power outage.
- To assist in determining what items to discard, the USDA has created a guide. Evaluate each item separately using the chart from the USDA website
- Remember when in doubt, throw it out.
Helpful food safety resources:
Keep Food Safe After a Disaster or Emergency | Food Safety | CDC
Food and Water Safety During Power Outages and Floods | FDA
Food Safety in a Disaster or Emergency | FoodSafety.gov