Tips to preserve things in your fridge during a power outage

During a power outage, it's important to keep your food safe during a power outage. The Jackson, Perry, Franklin, and Williamson County Health Departments offer tips to ensure you and your family don't get sick.

If your power is out for less than two hours, the food in both your refrigerator and freezer should be safe to eat. During the outage, keep the doors closed as much as possible to ensure the food stays cold longer.

If your power outage lasts longer than 2 hours, there are some guidelines the health departments recommend you to follow:

  • For the freezer: A freezer that is half full, food should keep for about 24 hours. A full freezer should keep for 48 hours. Do not open the freezer door.
  • For the refrigerated section: pack milk, other dairy products, meat, fish, eggs, and spoilable leftovers into a cooler surrounded by ice.
  • Use a food thermometer to check the temperature of the food before you cook or eat it. Throw any food away that has a temperature of more than 41 degrees Fahrenheit.

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