What to Do with Your Refrigerator and Food After a Storm Power Outage

with Your Refrigerator and Food After a Storm Power Outage

When a storm causes a power outage, it’s important to know how to handle the situation, especially when it comes to your refrigerator and food. At Clair Restoration, we understand the importance of food safety and want to provide you with helpful tips on what to do after a storm power outage.

1. Keep the refrigerator closed

During a power outage, keep the refrigerator closed as much as possible. This will help maintain a low internal temperature and prolong the shelf life of refrigerated food. Avoid unnecessary opening of the refrigerator door to conserve the cold temperature.

2. Check the temperature

Once the power is restored, check the temperature inside the refrigerator. If the temperature has exceeded 4 degrees Celsius (40 degrees Fahrenheit) for more than 2 hours, some perishable foods may have lost their quality and need to be discarded.

3. Inspect the food

Carefully inspect the food in the refrigerator. Discard any perishable food that has been at room temperature for more than 2 hours. Pay special attention to dairy products, meats, poultry, fish, and prepared items.

4. Preserve frozen foods

If frozen foods still contain ice crystals or are at a temperature of 4 degrees Celsius (40 degrees Fahrenheit) or below, they are likely safe to consume. However, avoid re-freezing partially thawed foods. You can use them immediately or cook them for consumption within the next 24 hours.

5. Clean and disinfect

After a power outage, clean and disinfect your refrigerator to remove any odors or contaminants. Use a solution of water and mild detergent, followed by a solution of water and vinegar for disinfection. Make sure to rinse and thoroughly dry the interior before using it again.

If you need assistance with the cleaning and restoration of your home after a storm, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals at Clair Restoration. We are ready to help you regain normalcy and provide reliable restoration services.

Don’t compromise the food safety of your home. Contact Clair Restoration today for professional assistance.

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