- Hahnbee Choi, Cert. CN
What To Do When You're In A Power Outage
Updated: Jan 16, 2022
The power going out is an experience no raw feeder welcomes. Whether from extreme weather or a city-wide outage, here are some handy tips and tricks to be prepared for the worst of the worst.
#1 Keep The Freezer Closed
If your power just went out, keep the freezer closed! You’ll want to trap in all the cold air that’s been circulating for as long as possible.
#2 Cover in Heavy Blankets
This tip is for more no power emergencies. If you have no access to power, in addition to keeping the freezer door shut, cover the freezer(s) with heavy blankets to insulate the meat!
#3 Take Out Food
When your freezers go out, you do not want to be opening and reopening the freezer door. As soon as they go out, take out a couple of days worth of food in advance. That way, you’ll have some food ready, and it also buys you some time to come up with a game plan.
#4 If Possible, Purchase Food Daily
If you are in a situation where there is no power for an extended period, if possible, purchasing premade from a store will help prevent you from needing to open the freezer door. Although this may not be feasible for all owners, it’s a good tip to keep in mind just in case.
Adding normal and/or dry ice into the freezer helps keep the food frozen or at least cool. You can also use coolers plus ice to keep food for the next few days ready.
If you have the funds, pre-purchasing a generator can set you up for success. When the power goes out, plug it in, and you’re worries are at ease.
How To Tell What’s Gone Bad
Depending on how long you were without power, some of your meat may have gone bad. If anything is warmer than room temperature, it’s better to toss, especially for more than 24 hours. But any meat that is thawed but not warm (and has stayed that temperature the whole duration) should be safe to feed.
While this experience is wished upon no raw feeder, you now have the know-how to survive this situation if extreme weather or anything sends a power outage your way. I hope you learned something new today & Always Keep Exploring!