ShapeRectangle 2ShapeXXnote2clipboardclockcredit@2xGroupShapeShapeShapeGroup 2GroupHeart - FontAwesomeGroupinstagram@2x (1)magnifying47map-markerGroupphoneShapesocial-pinterest-outlineGroupribbon001-test-tubeShapeShapesocial-youtube-outline

Fact Sheet: Food Safety During Power Outages

Home  >  Resources  >  Fact Sheets  >  Fact Sheet: Food Safety During Power Outages
Resources
Overview
Fact Sheets
Overview
Fact Sheet: Animal Quarantine
Fact Sheet: Backflow & Backflow Devices
Fact Sheet: Bed Bugs
Fact Sheet: Bedbug Guidelines for Travelers and Public Accommodation Facility Guests
Fact Sheet: Blue-Green Algae/Cyanobacteria Harmful Algal Bloom (HABs) Physician Reference
Fact Sheet: Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps
Fact Sheet: Church Festival Food Safety
Fact Sheet: Cleaning up After Flood & Sewer Backups
Fact Sheet: Cockroaches
Fact Sheet: Collector Line Tips
Fact Sheet: Commercial Waste Handling and Good House Keeping
Fact Sheet: Connecting to Sewers
Fact Sheet: Cottage Food Operation
Fact Sheet: Dangers of Extreme Cold
Fact Sheet: Daycare Control Measures for Prevention of Communicable Diseases
Fact Sheet: Emergency Pet Kit
Fact Sheet: Extreme Heat
Fact Sheet: Farm Markets
Fact Sheet: Farmers’ Markets
Fact Sheet: Fight the Bite – Facts About Zika Virus
Fact Sheet: Financial Aid for Sewer Connections and Septic System Replacement
Fact Sheet: Fish Fry Food Safety
Fact Sheet: Flood Safety
Fact Sheet: Flooding in a Food Service Operation
Fact Sheet: Food Safety During Power Outages
Fact Sheet: Food Safety When Eating Out
Fact Sheet: Frozen Pipes
Fact Sheet: Gastroenteritis and Norovirus
Fact Sheet: Gastroenteritis in a Retirement/Assisted Living Facility
Fact Sheet: Get Rid of Roaches
Fact Sheet: Guide to Mosquito Control & Mosquito-borne Illnesses
Fact Sheet: Guidelines For Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection of Norovirus
Fact Sheet: Guidelines for Handling Bed Bugs in a School
Fact Sheet: Guidelines for Social Workers, Home Health Care Nurses, and In Home Visitors
Fact Sheet: Guidelines for the Control of a Suspected or Confirmed Outbreak of Viral Gastroenteritis in a Nursing Home
Fact Sheet: Hamilton County Public Health Flood Fact Sheet
Fact Sheet: Hand Washing
Fact Sheet: Handling Water from Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs
Fact Sheet: Heat
Fact Sheet: Hepatitis A
Fact Sheet: Home Aeration Units – Cavitette
Fact Sheet: Home Aeration Units – Coate Aer
Fact Sheet: Home Aeration Units – JET
Fact Sheet: Home Aeration Units – Multi-Flo
Fact Sheet: Home Aeration Units – Oldham
Fact Sheet: Home Swimming Pools
Fact Sheet: Homeowner’s Plumbing Permit
Fact Sheet: Household Sewage Treatment System Tips
Fact Sheet: Household Sewage Treatment Systems & Power Outages
Fact Sheet: How Germs Spread
Fact Sheet: How to be Safe Around Animals
Fact Sheet: Itch Mites
Fact Sheet: Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency
Fact Sheet: Leachfields
Fact Sheet: Lead Poisoning
Fact Sheet: Lice
Fact Sheet: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Sureus (MRSA)
Fact Sheet: Mold and Mildew
Fact Sheet: MRSA in a Prison Setting
Fact Sheet: Norovirus in Schools
Fact Sheet: Ohio EPA Semi-Public Sewage Disposal System Inspection Program
Fact Sheet: Privacy Practices, Our Legal Duty
Fact Sheet: Private Water System Testing
Fact Sheet: Rabies & Bats
Fact Sheet: Rodent Control
Fact Sheet: Scrap Tires
Fact Sheet: Septic System Abandonment and Sanitary Sewer Connection
Fact Sheet: Septic Systems – AdvanTex AX20 Treatment System
Fact Sheet: Septic Systems – Septic Tanks
Fact Sheet: Septic Systems – Subsurface Sandfilters
Fact Sheet: Sewage Treatment System Owners
Fact Sheet: Sewer Back-ups
Fact Sheet: Storm Drain Overflow
Fact Sheet: Stormwater Pollution and Yard Waste
Fact Sheet: Sump Pumps
Fact Sheet: Tattoos and Piercings
Fact Sheet: Vacuum Sealing + Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP)
Fact Sheet: Waste Disposal
Fact Sheet: Water Heater Permits and Inspections
Fact Sheet: Well Disinfection
Fact Sheet: When Do I Need a Plumbing Permit?
Fact Sheet: Whooping Cough
FOI Requests
Links
Partner & Public Health Research
Reports

KNOW THE FACTS!

Food Safety During Power Outages

When power goes out, especially for long periods of time, it’s important to know when and how to use perishable foods. The best way to know if food is safe to keep or cook is to use a food thermometer to determine temperature of foods. 

If your food service facility
loses power, stop serving
food and close. Call the
Hamilton County Public
Health Environmental
Health Division at
513.946.7847.

 

Food in the freezer

  • Keep the door closed. Opening the door lets warm air in and allows food to thaw quicker.
  • If food reaches temperatures above 32º F, there is a 4 hour window to use the food. Cook it and eat it immediately, or throw it out. Do NOT refreeze it.
  • Any food completely thawed and not cooked should NOT be refrozen. Throw it away.
  • Frozen food can last up to two days if freezer is full; it can last up to a day when freezer is half full.

 

Food in the refrigerator

  • Keep the door closed. Opening the door lets warm air in and allows food to thaw quicker.
  • If food reaches temperatures above 41º F, throw it out. Do not freeze it or re-refrigerate after power is restored.
  • Throw out all ground meat. As a processed food, it can allow bacteria to grow much faster than whole meats.

If you don’t own a thermometer, the best method for keeping foods cold is to keep the freezer(s) and refrigerator door closed at all times. To be safe, if you can’t determine the temperature of perishable foods, throw out all completely thawed food to prevent foodborne illness. Once power returns, go to the local hardware or grocery store and buy a thermometer.

 

Tip

Check your homeowner’s insurance to see if lost food costs are covered in your policy. You may need to inventory discarded items.

 

Questions

For more information, call the Environmental Health Division at 513.946.7847.

 

Download a printable version of this fact sheet here.

 

250 William Howard Taft Road
2nd Floor, Cincinnati, OH 45219
Phone 513.946.7800 Fax 513.946.7890
hamiltoncountyhealth.org