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What foods are safe to keep when your power is out

By Megan Brantley, mbrantley@wcyb.com
Published On: Jan 19 2013 04:21:28 PM CST
BRISTOL, Va. -

One of the biggest worries many people have during a power outage is about the food in their refrigerator.

We called the Sullivan County Health Department and learned if your power goes out you should leave the door on the refrigerator closed as much as possible to try to keep the cold air inside.

We learned food should never be tasted to determine if it's safe and if certain food items reach a temperature warmer than 40 degrees for at least two hours, it needs to be thrown out.

"If you have some ice chests, even the inexpensive ones, you can put your perishable food in that and pack it with ice," said Glenda Bobalik, Executive Director, American Red Cross.

The government has a website about food safety; click here for a complete list on foods that you should throw out.