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Keeping Your Food Fresh During a Power Outage

We are what we eat, right? That is why our food’s safety is so vital, no matter the circumstances. When the summer storms arrive, it is important to have your fridge prepared in case the power fails.

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If the New York City area is expecting a tropical storm, there is no time to waste. On your trip to the store you should pick up a few precautionary items: such as an appliance thermometer, plastic storage bags, and a cooler. If the storm is powerful enough to knock out the power, you should already be prepared. Before the storm hits, you should fill up a few storage bags about halfway with water and place them in the freezer.

When the lights go out, check your refrigerator right away to see if that has failed too. If it has, you want to make sure you keep the doors fully closed. A refrigerator can keep food cold for about 4 hours without the help of electricity. When the thermometer starts to read higher than 37-38° F, start the food migration into the coolers you prepared earlier. Start unloading food into your coolers and place the frozen bags tightly around the food. Every so often you should place your thermometer into the cooler to make sure the temperature is below 40°F.  

Don’t place food back into the fridge until the temperature reads at least 40°F. Food kept at temperatures above this threshold can become contaminated in as little as two hours. If you have to question whether or not a food item stayed safe during the outage, throw it out! There is no need to take unnecessary risks when it comes to your health.

If your power isn’t the problem, it could be your refrigerator. Speedy Refrigerator Service has been serving the New York City and Long Island area for over 75 years and we would love to help you out! Call (866) 782-9376 to schedule your same-day appointment, or visit us on the web.