Food and Power Outages

Food and Power Outages: When to Save and When to Throw Out

Is food in the refrigerator safe during a power outage? It should be safe as long as power is out no more than 4 hours. Keep the door closed as much as possible. Discard any perishable food (such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers) that have been above 40 °F for over 2 hours.

Never taste food to determine its safety! You can’t rely on appearance or odor to determine whether food is safe.

Note: Always discard any items in the refrigerator that have come into contact with raw meat juices.

Each item will have to be evaluated separately. Click the links below for detailed information about fresh and frozen foods:


Refrigerated Foods and Power Outages

Frozen Foods and Power Outages