When the threat of a power outage from a hurricane is imminent, serious consideration must be taken to the food in your refrigerator. The main question you need to ask is: what's safe to eat?
The answer: don't take chances. The last thing you want to do is get yourself or your family sick after a hurricane. Consider the following precautions if you have a power outage lasting for more than a day:
* Throw out everything in your fridge. Besides meat, that means condiments, jellies, sauces, and whatever was in your refrigerator before the power outage. * Chicken and other meats have a short shelf life in the fridge. Consume it within three days, or throw it out. * When it comes to your freezer, take the same precautions. * If an item in your freezer seems warm, throw it out. If it is still cold in the middle, consume it immediately (make sure it is cooked all the way through). * Since your fridge or freezer can smell after a power outage, cleaning becomes very important. There are three different ways to clean out your fridge or freezer
o Scrub with a combination of baking soda and water. o For tougher odors, try scrubbing with vinegar and water. o You may also want to try placing a charcoal briquette in your fridge and then close the door. This will remove most odors.