Refrigerator Safety During Power Outages

Refrigerator Safety During Power Outages

Tazewell County Health Department has some tips for keeping your food safe during power outages.

Tazewell County Health Department wants to remind food facilities of guidelines for keeping your food safe during power outages.

Food stored in a walk-in cooler will maintain proper temperature for 12-18 hours with the door closed.

Food stored in a commercial freezer will be good for 24-36 hours with the door closed.

Keep a time/temperature log of all refrigerator and freezer units that are without power. This will help you determine if food is safe to serve to the public.

Monitor the temperature in your refrigerator. If food is above 41 degrees for more than two hours, it must be discarded.

Potentially hazardous foods can NOT be refrozen after they thaw. They can not be served if temperatures go above 41 degrees for more than two hours.
Home refrigerators do not hold proper temperatures during power outages.

If your power is out for more than 24 hours, notify the Tazewell County Health Department.

(309) 925-5511 Ext. 272



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