On Your Side | How long can I keep food in refrigerator while power is out?

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Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017

(WRDW/WAGT) -- The old advice of keeping the refrigerator door closed during a power outage is only partially true. While your refrigerated items will stay cold for awhile, it won't stay cold forever.

So what exactly is safe during a power outage in your fridge?

FoodSafety.gov says your food should be safe without power as long as the power is not out longer than four hours. Perishable food such as meat, eggs, leftovers, and milk will not last longer than two hours if the temperature is 40 degrees or above.

Never taste food to determine its safety! You can’t rely on appearance or odor to determine whether food is safe.

To determine what is safe and what is not safe, take a look at this handy guide from FoodSafety.gov:

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