• October 27, 2019 4:11 PM

Food Safety After a Power Outage

Food Safety After a Power Outage

Food Safety After a Power Outage 150 150 Sonoma County Emergency and Preparedness Information

If your home or business experienced a power outage, it is better to replace food than to make someone sick. Here are some general guidelines:

  • Food that has been out of temperature for more than 4 hours may cause illness.
  • Discard all spoiled food to avoid potential health risk.
  • Reheating food that has become contaminated will not make it safe.
  • Even packaged food will go bad if they’ve been stored in a hot place. Toss metal, glass or cardboard containers with screw-caps, snap-lids, crimped caps, twist caps or flip tops.
  • When in doubt, throw it out!

Find out what food you can safely keep and eat if your home loses power »