Power cut offs in offices is a rare scenario but an organisation must implement food safety posters in offices and workplace to educate their employees on tips to keep food safe during electricity cut offs. In case of electricity cut-off, follow these food safety tips at home and offices:
Keep It Closed
One should not keep opening and closing refrigerator and freezer doors for unnecessary reasons. Depending on the outside temperature, an unopened refrigerator can keep food items cold enough for several hours. This will ensure good food quality. Ice blocks in the fridge will help keep food cold longer.
Draw the Line at 40 Degrees
Perishable foods should be kept below 4.4 degrees celsius to maintain its quality.
Coolers & Ice Chests
If a power cut off is likely to be more than 2 hours, refrigerated milk, dairy products, meats, fish, poultry, eggs and leftovers must be packed in a cooler surrounded by ice.
Cans & Dry Goods
Shelf-stable foods, such as canned and dry goods and powdered or boxed milk, can be consumed cold or heated on stove.
Leave a Light On
While sleeping, leave a bedroom light switched on as this will wake you up when power returns, and remind you to check condition of your food.
While You Were Out
If an electricity cut-off happens while you’re out of the house, try to determine its duration. In such scenario one must check the internal temperature of the food in your refrigerator with a quick-response thermometer; if it is above 40 degrees Fahrenheit, throw it out. If electricity supply comes back on in less than 24 hours and your freezer is cool enough, your food should be safe. If the refrigerator was without power supply for more than 24 hours, you should get rid of perishables.