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Refrigerators could pose health risk following loss of power

Refrigerators could pose health risk following loss of power
Refrigerators could pose health risk following loss of power
Posted at 4:36 PM, Sep 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-11 14:48:15-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - While power lines, debris, and weather elements remain the danger outside, many problems can persist indoors following a hurricane.

Without electricity mold and bacteria can build inside your refrigerators, without you ever knowing.

According to the Florida Department of Health, bacteria can grow fast if not taken care of.

If there is a loss in power, food in the freezer is safe for 48 hours, food in the refrigerator is safe for up to 4 hours, if kept closed.

If not, the thought is always safety first, and when in doubt, throw it out, as consumption of spoiled products can be potentially hazardous.

The Florida Department of Health notes any meats, cheeses and eggs can be most hazardous and the goal should be returning your kitchen to normal as quickly as possible.