Humboldt County, Ca., (KIEM) Before you consume anything in your fridge. Health officials want residents to stay aware and follow food safety guidelines.
Health officials say, there are some foods of concern during outages such as cheese, milk, yogurt, raw and cooked meats – which can contain bacteria.
They suggest before the power goes out, keep a thermometer in the fridge to make sure the temperature is 41 degrees or lower.
They also suggest that you keep your refrigerator and freezer closed to maintain the temperature inside.
Officials say, you cannot rely on the appearance or odor of food to determine if it will make you sick, they say when in doubt throw it out.
For more tips and information on food safety during power outages contact DEH at 707-445-6215.