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Keeping Your Food Fresh During a Power Outage

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With winter quickly approaching, it is important that you are prepared for the possibility of a power outage. Because winter storms can cause damage to power lines, it is not uncommon for homes to lose power during one of these storms. Because food is expensive, especially a full refrigerator and freezer’s worth, a power outage can end up costing you a lot of money when it comes time to replace all the food that you had. At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric of Walton, Kentucky, we want to give you a few tips on keeping your food fresh during a power outage to help you save money and time once your electricity returns.

Ahead of Time

Before your electricity goes out, there are a few things you should have prepared to ensure that you can keep your food fresh during a power outage. First, make sure you have coolers on hand. Many people keep coolers in their home, but if you don’t have one, you should invest in a few. Coolers last for years and having them on hand will always be a convenience. Second, ensure that you have proper working thermometers in your appliances. This will be necessary when you need to monitor the temperature of your refrigerator after a power outage. Third, know where you can buy dry ice. Many ice cream parlors, ice companies, and other large stores like Walmart and Safeway carry dry ice. Dry ice has a very short shelf-life and therefore you cannot just keep it on hand in your home. Fourth, consider investing in a standby generator for emergencies.

When Power is Lost

If a winter or bad rain storm hits and you do lose power, the first thing you should do to ensure the freshness of your food is keep your refrigerator and freezer shut for as long as possible. Opening and closing your refrigerator and freezer will only allow the cool air to escape and decrease the amount of time that you can keep your perishable items in the appliance. If kept shut, a refrigerator can keep a stable temperature for about 4 hours. Half-freezers will keep things cold for about 24 hours and a full freezer will keep things cold for about 48 hours. Second, go to one of the stores that you know sells dry ice and buy dry ice for coolers and for the refrigerator. Place this dry ice in your refrigerator and freezer to keep the temperature low for a longer amount of time. Third, place all frozen meat on a tray because as the meat thaws it will leak. Lastly, if the power is not returned within a few hours, you need to be monitoring the temperature in your refrigerator and then move things to a cooler when the temperature gets too low. Anything perishable, like meats and dairy products, kept above 40 °F for more than two hours will need to be discarded. To avoid this, move your refrigerated food to a cooler lined with dry ice and ice and use your thermometer to keep an eye on the temperature.

After Power is Restored

After the power in your home is restored, it is important that you check your food to ensure that it is still good. Look for ice crystals to ensure that frozen food is still good, and throw away any foods that have gained a strange odor or color. Anything that feels warm to the touch needs to be disposed of. For a more detailed chart on when to discard and keep food, click here.

If you have questions about generators, electrical damages to your home that may have caused a power outage, or need other electrical advice to prepare your home for power outages, contact Rose Brothers & Sons Electric today. Serving all of Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, our team of experienced professionals can help you with a wide range of electrical needs.

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Electrical Safety and The Winter Holidays

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As the holidays come into full swing, it is traditionally a festive and great time of the year with visits from friends and family. Unfortunately, statistics have shown that house fires and electrical accidents increase during this time. Don’t fret though! These electrical safety steps can be taken to reduce the chance of these accidents occurring in your home this season!

Electrical Safety Tips:

  • Space Heater Safety– As the temperature continues to drop during the winter season, space heaters may become a convenient source of heat in your home. However, if not used properly, they have a risk of fire and electrical shock. When buying your space heater, it is important to first read the instructions and warning labels carefully before using. Make sure to inspect your heater for any defects such as broken plugs or loose connections also. Only use your space heater when you are actually in the room in which it is in use. A critical element of space heaters is their placement; be sure to keep yours at least three feet away from anything that can burn and on a flat surface. Also, plug space heater directly into a wall outlet, not using an extension cord or power strip.
  • Holiday Cooking Safety– During this time of year, many families bond over food which means that the kitchen is used a lot during this season. Sadly, the kitchen is home to many accidents during this time as well. It is important to never leave your cooking equipment unattended when it is on. You can also prevent fires by ensuring that your stove is clean. It can also be helpful to relieve your cooking area of any towels, napkins, or anything that could catch fire.

 

  • Holiday Decorating  Electrical Safety– During this time of year, many decorate their homes for the holidays. While these decorations enhance this season, sadly, they also increase the change of fires and electrical accidents if not properly used. Before decorating, it can be helpful to be aware of where available electrical outlets are located and decorate accordingly. Do not overload outlets with too many decorations as it can overheat and cause a fire. It is also important to never connect more than three strands of lights together when decorating. Do not damage the cord’s insulation by leaving it in a location where it might be pinched. Always turn off your indoor and/or outdoor decorations before leaving or going to sleep.

 

Hopefully these tips help lower your risk of fire or electrical accidents this holiday season. However, if you have more questions, you can always reach out to Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. We have been serving Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati and the surrounding areas for over 45 years. If you find yourself in a risky situation, please do not hesitate to contact us for an emergency electrical repair!

 

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