How Long Food Lasts During A Power Outage

Power Outage: How Long Food Lasts

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Strong storms left thousands of people in the Triad without power Sunday night and Monday morning.

More storms are will roll in this week, which means there could be more power outages.

2 Wants to Know looked into how long your food in the fridge will last during a power outage.

According to U.S. Department of Agriculture, most refrigerators can keep food cold for about four hours without power. But the more you open the door, the more that time narrows.

When the lights come back on check the temperature inside your fridge. If it's 40 degrees or below, the food is safe.
Some food that's been in a fridge above 40 degrees for 2 hours needs to be tossed.
That list includes, eggs, milk, fish, cheese, leftovers and deli items.

Your freezer should be 0 degrees. If the food still has ice crystals on it then it's safe. If you think you're going to lose power during a storm, put leftovers in the freezer ahead of time to keep them at a safer temperature.
 

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