Boil advisories and food safety tips following Hurricane Matthew

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WFXB) – Carolina residents are returning to their homes this week after days without power and the USDA is issuing food safety recommendations to those who may have been affected by Hurricane Matthew.

If you’re wondering whether food is safe to eat, when in doubt, throw it out. Once power is off, the refrigerator keeps food at safely cold temperatures for 4 hours, while food in a freezer remains safe for about 8 hours. If your power is off longer, your food is not safe to eat and should be discarded. Never taste food to determine its safety. You can’t rely on appearance or odor to determine whether food is safe. For more information about food safety, click here.

Boil water emergency advisories have been issued for parts of Dillon, Florence, Georgetown and Marion. For the latest information about boil emergencies and water safety, click here.