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When in doubt, throw it out : Food safety in a power outage

The stuff in your fridge will generally only stay safe for 4 to 6 hours
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If you've been without power for an extended period of time, you may want to think twice before eating the food in your refrigerator.

The province's Emergency Management Office says the stuff in your fridge will generally only stay safe for 4 to 6 hours.

That means if the electricity has been out for longer than that, you should be throwing out meats, soups and milk.

Most condiments, butter and jams should be salvageable.

The food in your freezer will keep for longer.

According to EMO, a fully-stocked freezer can stay frozen up to two days. If it's half-filled, it should be good for about one day, but keep the freezer door closed as much as possible.

"Most foods with visible ice crystals, and at temperatures less than 4C (40F) are safe to be refrozen or cooked," said the provincial department on it's website.

A chart of foods that are still good and which need to be ditched can be found here.

And when it comes to cooking that food, never use a generator, BBQ, or charcoal grill indoors or inside your garage due to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Meghan Groff

About the Author: Meghan Groff

Born in Michigan, raised in Ontario, schooled in Indiana and lives in Nova Scotia; Meghan is the editor for CityNews Halifax.
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