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Tips For Keeping Your Food Safe When The Power Goes Out
Will come in handy in the next few days. It's a good read
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends that you keep ice on hand or know where to get it should you lose power. If you don't have a generator, here is what else to do:
Put an appliance thermometer in the refrigerator and freezer. That way you'll know the temperature if the power goes out.
Make sure the freezer is set at 0 degrees F or below and the refrigerator is at 40 degrees F or below.
Group food together in the freezer — this helps it stay cold longer.
Use any extra space to freeze containers of water for ice to help keep food cold in the freezer, refrigerator or coolers.
Freeze gel packs ahead of time for use in coolers.
Freeze refrigerated items such as leftovers, milk and fresh meat and poultry that you may not need immediately — this helps keep them at a safe temperature longer.
Plan ahead and know where dry ice and block ice can be purchased.
Have coolers on hand to keep refrigerator food cold if the power will be out for more than four hours.
Store food on shelves that will be safely out of the way of contaminated water in case of flooding.
Read more here > http://consumerist.com/2011/08.....s-out.html