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6y, 1m agoPosted 6 years, 1 month ago
Does anyone know how long a fridge and freezer need to be switched off for that the food inside has to be thrown out? talking about insurance here.

They are seperate appliances if that makes a difference.

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6y, 1m agoPosted 6 years, 1 month ago

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How long have you switched them off for so far?
We dont know, they cant tell us. I live near that house that blew up yesterday and cant go back yet. But I know its one thing that is going to crop up sooner or later, thats why im asking and I cant find the answer.
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If the appliances are closed and full of food ie no large empty spaces, the food will stay frozen for a day or so in the freezer - chest freezers are better than upright for this.

Fridge stuff may have to be chucked out.

It also depends on what you have in your freezer.

Some foods are more perishable, others you will be able to use when you get back inside.

Hope you can get back soon.
Your electricity has been disconnected as a result?

You will know if your food has to be thrown away, when you get back in. Take pics and claim then, if necessary.

Hope you are back in your home before too long. It must all have been a big shock.
oh thanx for that, might not be as bad as I thought then.

Thanx i hope i do too, but not looking good for today its getting too late and looking like a hotel for the night.

Thanx again
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FSA guidelines

What should I do with the food in my freezer if we have a power cut?
If you have a power cut, don’t open the freezer door – this helps food stay frozen for longer. When the power comes back on, check the food inside.

If the food is still hard and icy, you can leave it in the freezer. Turn the freezer to its maximum setting for 24 hours, before putting it back on a setting that keeps it at -18°C.

If the food has started to defrost, you may need to throw it away, depending on the type of food.

Throw away any food that you would eat frozen, for example ice cream, if it has started to defrost. Do not refreeze these foods.

If meat and fish, or foods containing these, have started to get soft, throw these away too. Watch out for liquid coming out of defrosting raw meat because this could spread bacteria to other foods.

Bread and frozen vegetables can be refrozen, as long as they have not been touched by raw meat or liquid coming out of it.
With my previous head for insurance attached, I think that it's reasonable that after 24 hours or so, things in the freezer probably would be a fair way to defrosting. Fridge items - depends on the item I guess... milk, butter etc might be ok, where as opened, fresh items may not.

Before you throw anything out, make a list of items that you are claiming for. Don't be tempted to go bonkers and claim a little extra, as if the list looks a bit 'extravegant' then the insurers might ask for make/model details of the freezer unit, so that they can check it's cubic capacity, etc.
if you do not know how long electric has been off then i would be very wary about eating certain foods, for all you know the stuff may have half defrosted before electric was put back on, and as you are not in the house you will not know
when you get in test the temperature with a thermometer
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Your electricity has been disconnected as a result?You will know if your food has to be thrown away, when you get back in. Take pics and claim then, if necessary.Hope you are back in your home before too long. It must all have been a big shock.

The gas and eleccy did get cut off yesterday, i assume for a long time untill they controlled the gas leak but they havent said for actually how long. A policeman let us back in this morning at 6am to get some clothes and medications and the electric and heating was back on at that point, it was lovely and warm hehe but we couldnt stay :(

Yes it was a loud bang, id just got into bed and the whole house shook. It sounded like someone had dropped one of those cargo containers on the roof. Ive never heard anything like it before.
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when you get back in test the temperature with a thermometer
oooh too many posts while i was replying lol

Thanx everyone. Untill they tell us anything I dont know, but thought I would check.
Yes, see how it goes when you get back in.
All the best.

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