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Onondaga County officials monitor Hurricane Sandy's path

— Onondaga County Department of Transportation crews are at the ready to assist in the cleanup of downed trees and limbs. The County asks that all drivers and pedestrians stay away from downed power lines and allow public utilities to handle power outage situations. If you have to drive, drive cautiously and please careful of intersections with blinking lights or no traffic signals due to loss of power.

The Onondaga County Health Department warns that should you lose power for an extended period of time, use caution consuming food that may have been thawed or lacked proper refrigeration. Some important tips to remember are:

Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. This will help maintain the cold temperature. The refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours if it is unopened.

Freeze containers of water for ice. Do this now. Ice cubes, ice blocks and gel packs will help keep food cold in the freezer and refrigerator if the power goes out. Also, get some large coolers and have those ready, too. You can put blocks of ice in there with perishable foods if the refrigerator gets too warm.

Freeze as much as possible now. Move refrigerated items such as milk, cheese and meat to the freezer. This will help keep them at a safe temperature longer. Also, group food together in the freezer–it will help the food stay cold longer.

Keep your freezer full. A freezer that is loaded with food will keep the temperature for approximately 48 hours. If it’s only half full, temperatures will be maintained for just 24 hours–assuming the door remains closed.

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