Make sure your friends and neighbors without power are staying safe in the heat
Because many homes in Minneapolis still do not have power following last Friday’s storms, there are several ways you and your neighbors can stay safe in the heat. With temperatures in the 80s and 90s, please check in with any neighbors to see if they need any help, especially if they are elderly or may need assistance. Also, it’s important to think about food safety if your home has been without power since Friday.
Be heat smart
Weather forecasts indicate that we may see several days with temperatures reaching 90 degrees or above. It is important for folks to take steps to keep cool - particularly for those who still do not have power in Minneapolis. Here are a few things you can do:
- Spend time in air-conditioned buildings and avoid direct sunlight if possible. You can find a list of air conditioned public buildings here.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing;
- Take cool showers or baths;
- Avoid using the stove or oven to cook;
- Drink more water than usual and remind others to do the same;
- Check on friends, family and neighbors twice a day.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has helpful guidelines for food safety during power outages:
If the power is out for longer than four hours, follow the guidelines below:
- For your freezer: A freezer that is half full will hold food safely for up to 24 hours. A full freezer will hold food safely for 48 hours. Do not open the freezer door if you can avoid it.
- For your refrigerator: Pack milk, other dairy products, meat, fish, eggs, gravy, and spoilable leftovers into a cooler surrounded by ice. Inexpensive styrofoam coolers are fine for this purpose.
- Use a food thermometer to check the temperature of your food right before you cook or eat it. Throw away any food that has a temperature of more than 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
You can find more information from the CDC.
Published Jun. 24, 2013