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What do you do when the power goes out?  The National Weather Service has compiled a good list of safety tips and information to answer your questions.   

If the power is out for a period time, is your food safe to eat? According to the University of Illinois Extension Service, food in a refrigerator is generally safe if the power was out for no more than a few hours. Adding block ice to the refrigerator will aid in keeping the food below 40 ° F for an additional time period. If at all possible, transfer food items to a refrigerator or freezer that is operating at a safe temperature.

Do not rely on the appearance or odor of a food to determine if it is safe. Bacteria that cause foodborne illness can multiply rapidly on perishable foods that have been between 40°F-140°F for more than 2 hours.

Click here for more food safety advice from the University of Illinois Extension Service.

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