PORTLAND, Ore. – If you’ve been without power the last few days, it’s probably time to empty the refrigerator.
The Oregon Health Authority’s Jonathan Modie says refrigerated food only lasts about 4 hours after power is lost. And that’s only if the refrigerator remains closed, “When in doubt, throw it out.”
He says frozen foods can last up to 2 days, again, only if the door remains closed. And he says cut that time in half if the freezer is only half full.
But, there may be some relief. He says some homeowners insurances cover food lost due to outages, “That is certainly something to look in to.”
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Here’s more from the Oregon Office of Emergency Management:
Salem, Oregon — If you’ve had power outages due to the recent ice storms, it’s a good time to think about food safety. Oregon Emergency Management reminds residents that when your food has not been stored at the proper temperature, it can make you sick. Here are a few tips to help you know how to protect your health and your food.
To find more food safety tips, visit https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/HealthyEnvironments/FoodSafety/Pages/tips.aspx or contact your local public health office.