The recent blackout may have affected the foods in your refrigerator and freezer. The refrigerator will keep food safely cold for about 4 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.
Time and temperature abuse is the number one cause for bacteria growth and food borne illnesses. Here are some guidelines to follow:
Cold foods such as potato salad, macaroni salad must be thrown out after 6 hours.