Tag Archives: Food Safety And Inspection Service

Power Outage in Arlington Following Storm

According to Arlington Alert, power is likely to be out in the Fairlington area until Sunday; crews are working to restore power to four separate transformers in the area. Temperatures are likely to be in the mid 80’s on Saturday and 90’s on Sunday. An optional cooling shelter will be the Central Library; other options are Pentagon City Mall, Ballston Mall, and the Crystal City underground.

Central Library’s hours of operation this weekend are.
Friday 10 a.m. – 5 pm
Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 pm
Sunday 1 p.m. – 9 pm

The County offers these tips for beating the heat.

For updates, sign up for a text or e-mail from arlingtonalert.com.

The County has also offered these tips to keep food safe during a power outage:

According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service, meat, poultry, fish and eggs should be refrigerated at 40° F and frozen food at or below 0° F, which may be difficult with a prolonged power outage.

• Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature. A refrigerator will only keep food safely cold for about four hours if it is unopened.
• A full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed.
• Obtain dry ice or block ice to keep your refrigerator as cold as possible if there is a prolonged power outage. Residents should check with local retailers for ice supplies.
• Digital, dial or instant-read thermometers and appliance thermometers will help determine if the food is at safe temperatures. The refrigerator temperature should be at 40°F or below; the freezer, 0°or lower.
• To be sure a particular food is cold enough; take its temperature with a food thermometer.
• Never taste food to determine its safety!
• Food may be safely refrozen if the food still contains ice crystal or is at 40°F or below. Evaluate each food item separately. Be sure to discard any items in either the freezer or the refrigerator that have come into contact with raw meat juices.
• Food such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk, soft cheeses, butter and leftover cooked meats, casseroles and pizza should be thrown out if they have been held above 40° F for over two hours.

For a complete chart and when to save and when to throw out certain foods, please visit the USDA’s food safety website at


As always please remember to wash your hands with soap and water especially before and after preparing food.

(Information courtesy of Arlington Alert).


Leave a comment

Filed under Arlington