A Consumer’s Guide To Food Safety
Food Safety During An Emergency
id you know that a ood, re,national disaster, or the loss of power from high winds, snow, or ice could jeopardize the safety of your food? Knowing how to determine if food is safe and how to keep food safewill help minimize the potential lossof food and reduce the risk of food
borne illness. This Consumer’s Guidewill help you make the right decisionsfor keeping your family safe during anemergency.
STEPS TO FOLLOW TOPREPARE FOR A POSSIBLEWEATHER EMERGENCY:
Keep an appliance thermometer inthe refrigerator and freezer. An appliancethermometer will indicate the temperaturein the refrigerator and freezer in case ofa power outage and help determine thesafety of the food.
Make sure the freezer is at 0 °F(Fahrenheit) or below and therefrigerator is at 40 °F or below.
Freeze containers of water forice to help keep food cold in thefreezer, refrigerator, or coolers afterthe power is out.
Freeze refrigerated items suchas leftovers, milk, and fresh meatand poultry that you may not needimmediately-this helps keep themat a safe temperature longer.
Plan ahead and know wheredry ice and block ice can bepurchased.
Store food on shelves thatwill be safely out of the way ofcontaminated water in case of
Have coolers on hand to keeprefrigerator food cold if the powerwill be out for more than 4 hours.Purchase or make ice cubes andstore in the freezer for use in therefrigerator or in a cooler. Freezegel packs ahead of time for use incoolers.
Group food together in thefreezer—this helps the food staycold longer.
We practice basic safe food handling in our daily lives, but obtaining and storing food safely becomes more challenging during a power outage or natural
disasters such as hurricanes and foods.