What to do with a fridge full of food after a long, wildfire-induced power outage

As evacuation orders are rescinded in some areas affected by wildfires across British Columbia, residents returning home are being advised to be careful with refrigerators that have been without power for days.

“People should be really cautious with their fridges and consider not opening them,” said Lance Kayfish, risk management officer for the Regional District of Central Okanagan’s emergency operations centre.

A common sight after homes lose electricity is non-functioning fridges and freezers filled with spoiled and odorous perishables.

Kayfish anticipates that approximately 1,000 appliances filled or tainted with spoiled food will be discarded by residents whose homes experienced an extended power outage during the Grouse Complex wildfires in the Central Okanagan.

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