- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Widespread power outages are not expected as a big snowstorm makes its way through New Hampshire, but the state Department of Health and Human Services says residents need to take some precautions about food if they lose their electricity.

The department says a refrigerator will keep food safely cold for about four hours if it is unopened. After that, foods like meat, poultry, fish, soft cheese, milk, eggs and deli items should be discarded.

A freezer will hold the temperature for about 48 hours.

The department suggests getting a block of ice or dry ice to keep the refrigerator and freezer as cold as possible if the power is going to be out for an extended period of time.

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