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Food Safety Tips For Power Outages

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By Rebecca Blatt

Approximately 42,000 customers in the region are still without power after the weekend storm, and with more snow on the way, the area may face additional outages.

Michelle Peregoy, spokeswoman for Virginia's Department of Emergency, says to keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed if the power goes out. A fridge can keep food safe for about 4 hours, and a full freezer will hold the temperature for about 48 hours.

Peregoy says it's not a good idea to try to keep food cool outside, even in low temperatures.

"On a sunny day when the sun hits that food it can just the radiation can warm up the food and can cause the temperature of the food to rise," she says.

Most importantly, Peregoy adds: When in doubt, throw it out.

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