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How Can I Keep My Food From Spoiling During a Power Outage in Bemidji?

5/9/2023 (Permalink)

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Storms can cause power outages at any time of the year in Beltrami County, causing food supplies to spoil. Our team in Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing responds to storm damage emergencies 24 hours a day. The United States Department of Agriculture offers these helpful tips for food safety during a power outage:

  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed
  • The refrigerator will keep food safe for up to 4 hours. If the power is off longer, you can transfer food to a cooler and fill it with ice or frozen gel packs. Make sure there is enough ice to keep food in the cooler at 40°F or below. Add more ice to the cooler as it begins to melt.
  • A full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full)
  • Obtain dry ice or block ice if your power is going to be out for a prolonged period. Fifty pounds of dry ice should hold an 18-cubic-foot freezer for 2 days. (Caution: Do not touch dry ice with bare hands or place it in direct contact with food.)
  • In freezers, food in the front, in the door, or in small, thin packages will defrost faster than large, thick items or food in the back or bottom of the unit

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When you have storm damage in your home or commercial business in Bemidji, our local Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing team can help. Call us today at 218-999-9799. 

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