Summer is here and with it comes the unbearable heat and unfortunately, severe storms. When storms hit, the possibility of a power outage increases exponentially. A primary concern during outages is the frozen and refrigerated goods in your house.
According to the CDC, if the power is out for less than 4 hours, then the food in your refrigerator and freezer will be safe to consume. A full freezer can hold food for up to 48 hours, while a partial up to 24. It is important to use a food thermometer before cooking or handling food. Any item with an internal temperature above 40 degrees Fahrenheit should be promptly discarded. The old adage “When in doubt, throw it out!” can come into play here as well as a general precaution.
If your freezer or fridge loses power for extended periods of time, exposure can become a health hazard as well as attract rodents or other small vermin. Subsequent odors that emanate from failed units can also be tough to clean when left unattended for days or weeks. And it may be illegal for you to throw away broken appliances in the dumpster due to coolants that are classified as CFCs and other hazardous materials.
Call the experts at 11th Hour today for a free consultation. We have the tools and the know-how to safely remove the infected food, clean and sanitize the failed refrigerators or freezers, eliminate lingering odors, and properly dispose of any non-salvageable units. And in most cases if you have Home Owner’s Insurance, your policy will cover failed freezer and refrigeration services.