Power outages caused by hurricanes can present health concerns from food spoilage. Below are a few tips to help keep you safe:
- Before the storm, take an inventory of the items in your refrigerator and freezer. Put this list on the refrigerator door so you know where everything is located.
- If power will be off more than six hours, transfer refrigerated foods to an insulated cooler filled with ice or frozen gel packs. Keep a thermometer in the cooler to be sure the food stays at 40°F or below. For more information about food safety, call the Norwalk Health Department at (203) 854-7776.
- Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. Minimal freezer door openings can keep frozen items safe for about two days.
- Refrigerated foods should be safe if the power is out for no more than four to six hours. Discard any food that has been above 40°F for two hours and any food that has an unusual odor, color, or texture. Never taste food to determine safety!
If you have additional questions concerning food safety following a natural disaster or emergency situation, please contact the Office of Emergency Management at (203) 854-0238.