Power Outage Safety Tips


For those experiencing a power outage, here are a few tips on food safety:

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed. The refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours.
  • Use coolers with ice if necessary.
  • Monitor temperatures with a thermometer. Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures of 40 degrees or higher for two hours or more, or that has an unusual odor, color, or texture.
  • Maintain food supplies that do not require refrigeration.


For those experiencing a power outage, here are a few tips on medication:

  • Some prescription medications require refrigeration, including many liquid drugs.
  • When the power is out for a day or more, throw away any medication that should be refrigerated, unless the prescription label says otherwise.
  • If your life depends on refrigerated medication, but the medications have been at room temperature, use them only until a new supply is available, then discard and use the new supply.
  • Replace all refrigerated medications as soon as possible.


Please remember to turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment, and electronic devices. Power may return with momentary “surges” or “spikes” that can cause damage.


Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors