For residents of New York, power outages are a year-round threat. Whether it be snow storms in the winter, hurricanes in the summer, or a downed power line, blackouts are something that you must be prepared for.
One of the biggest problems people face when the power goes out is keeping their food fresh. This is especially troublesome during multi-day blackouts, where entire refrigerators full of food can easily spoil.
Use these tips next time you are without electricity to preserve the food in your fridge:
Keep the door closed. Every time you open the door, up to 30% of the cold air in your refrigerator can escape. When the power is out, this cold air isn’t replenished, so only open your fridge when absolutely necessary.
Fill the fridge. If you know a storm is coming in advance, stock up your fridge and freezer – even if it is with gallons of water. A full refrigerator has more thermal mass, meaning it will stay cold longer.
Insulate the refrigerator. It might sound strange, but covering your refrigerator in blankets will actually help it keep cold. If you don’t have the blankets to spare, newspaper is a good insulator too.
Don’t risk it. The golden rule of food safety is, “when in doubt, throw it out.” You don’t want to risk food poisoning, so throw away any items with questionable freshness.
Speedy Subzero is a New-York based refrigerator repair service. We can fix all makes and models of refrigerators and freezers, and guarantee one-hour service to Long Island and New York City. Our phone lines are always open, so call us any time at 866-782-9376.