Health Dept, Post Hurricane Tips, Food Safety

October 21, 2014

Following the impact of Hurricane Gonzalo, the Department of Health is reminding the public of the following post-hurricane tips:

Food/water safety:

  • Keep food cold- In the event of power outages, have coolers and non-perishable canned goods on hand. Do not open the fridge or freezer. If the power outage is prolonged, prepare a cooler with ice for your perishable food items.
  • If in doubt, throw it out- To prevent food-borne illness, perishable foods in the refrigerator should not be above 40 degrees Fahrenheit for more than two hours. If food in the freezer has ice crystals and is not above 40 degrees Fahrenheit you can refreeze.
  • After the hurricane, inspect your tank for debris, salt content and other contamination to determine if cleaning is necessary. Boil water before drinking to ensure it is potable [safe for drinking].

For all our coverage of Hurricane Gonzalo click here, and for our live blog where we are bringing you continuous live coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Gonzalo click here.

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  1. owenea says:

    thanks for the tips