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Refrigerator - Power Outages

Freezer section:
  • Keep door closed.
  • Place bags of regular ice in the both sections to keep foods frozen or cool.
  • If it is anticipated that power will be out for a length of time, you can try to keep food frozen or cool in a cooler using either bags of ice or with dry ice.
WARNING: HANDLING OF DRY ICE CAN CAUSE FREEZING BURNS ON HANDS. Gloves or other protection is recommended. Dry ice is most commonly found in the yellow pages under "Carbon Dioxide".

Refrigerator section:
  • Keep door closed.
It is not necessary to unplug the refrigerator. When power is restored the sudden start will not harm the refrigerator.

There is no way to give a specific amount of time that food will stay in the refrigerator or freezer section because many factors play a part, i.e. how fresh the food is at that time, door opening, air conditioning. For more detailed information on food spoilage, refreezing, safety, etc. Consumer can call the Agriculture Hot Line 1-800-535-4555 (10am-4pm est.)