SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — With power shutoffs set to begin in the early hours of Wednesday, nearly 800,000 PG&E customers will lose power for several days.

For those customers who do not have a generator or backup power source, the food in their fridge will spoil after just four hours.

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According to the USDA, your refrigerator will keep food safe for up to four hours during a power outage. After those first four hours, officials recommend discarding perishable food including meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers. released this chart to help guide consumers when evaluating their fridge after a power outage.

The agency says, “When in Doubt, Throw it Out.”

  1. A. Reader says:

    This is silly. Has nobody ever heard of an icebox? Take some plastic milk jugs, fill with water, squeeze a bit before closing to allow for 9% volume expansion when it freezes, and put the jugs in your freezer. Once they are frozen, place in your fridge to protect against an anticipated power outage. Re-freeze every now and then if the outage is delayed.

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