- Never put your finger or anything other than an electrical plug in an outlet. Don't touch the metal part of the plug when plugging something in an outlet.
- Pull by the plug, not the cord, when unplugging an appliance.
- Don't use an electrical appliance when you're wet, have wet hands or are standing in water. Be sure outlets near water sources have ground fault circuit interrupters to protect you against shock.
- Limit the number of appliances plugged into each outlet. Overloading an outlet can cause a fire.
- Be alert for damaged plugs and cords.
- Remember to unplug small electrical appliances and toys when you're not using them.
- Never put keys, fingers, forks or anything in an electrical appliance.
What do you do with refrigerated foods when the power goes out?
- Keep the refrigerator closed. Refrigerated food should be safe for about four hours, but milk, dairy products, eggs, meats and all cooked foods spoil quickly. Throw them out if the temperature rises above 40 degrees Fahrenheit for two hours or more. The risk of food poisoning is never worth the cost of the food.
- Remember, when in doubt, throw it out!
- Keep your freezer closed. A full, freestanding freezer will stay at freezing temperatures about two days without power, a half-full freezer about one day. If the freezer is not full, quickly move packages together to insulate them and keep them as cold as possible.
- You can safely refreeze food if it still contains ice crystals, has not exceeded 40 degrees Fahrenheit for two hours or more, or if it has been held at 40 degrees Fahrenheit no more than two days. Don't taste food with odd odor or color. Also, if it isn't safe for you, it's not safe for your pet.
- For more information, call the USDA Food Safety Hotline toll-free at 1.800.535.4555.