There’s no telling when an emergency will strike. As such, you have to be ready all the time just in case something happens. Especially this winter, it wouldn’t be a surprise if some find themselves snowed in. The season is no stranger to power outages as well. For this reason, you have to be aware about proper food safety when there’s no electricity.
Here’s what you need to know:
The Temperature Matters
Once the power gets cut, keep the fridge’s door closed as much as possible. Each time you open it, the temperature escapes and it can affect the condition of the food inside. Remember: freezing prevents bacteria from growing, so any increase in temperature may cause these organisms to proliferate.
As much as possible, have digital thermometers ready for your fridge and freezer. These will help you monitor if the temperature would go beyond 0°F in the freezer or 40°F in the refrigerator.
Watch What You Cook
Of course, you would get some food from the fridge for a meal. Before you do that, check first if the food is still in its optimal temperature. Use the temperature as the basis on whether or not it’s safe to eat. Never taste food from the refrigerator just to check if it’s still edible.
Better yet, prepare before a storm hits and have adequate food supply at the ready. MyFoodStorage recommends having an emergency food kit just in case you have nothing on the fridge that’s safe to eat.
Drink From Safe Sources Only
A power outage can affect your water supply, so drink only from safe sources. Never drink from sources that have been in contact with flood water. Bottled water will always be a safe bet. If you don’t have any, boil what you’ll drink first to kill most of the bacteria in it.
Yes, a power outage can be quite troublesome, but it’s possible to trudge through it. Keep these food safety tips in mind to stay healthy even when the electricity is out.