What Will You Do When A Disaster Strikes?

A Curriculum Designed To Help Keep You And Your Food Safe
   
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Lesson 3

 Keeping Food Safe When The Lights Go Out
 

 

Overview

Electricity plays an extremely important role in keeping your food safe.  It powers your refrigerators, stoves, and lights, which are all important in keeping you and your food safe.  So, what happens when there is a power outage?  How do you keep your food cold when the refrigerator is not working?  The bacteria (germs) that cause foodborne illnesses will grow rapidly on foods when they are not kept hot (above 140˚F) or cold (40˚F or below).  Unfortunately, during a power outage it is hard to keep foods at these temperatures.  This lesson will teach the proper precautions and planning steps that will need to be taken before, during, and after a power outage.  These precautions and plans will greatly affect both the food’s safety and yours. 

 

 
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