Before Evacuating Your Home During A Hurricane, Put A Quarter In A Cup Of Ice And Put It In Freezer.

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Hurricane Matthew is currently on a rampage and my heart goes out to everyone affected by it. I hope, as the hurricane arrives in Florida, that many people will find safety and live to fight another day.

Now, there are many things you can do to prepare for a hurricane and I can sit here and write out a million tips but I'm going to talk about one that has been making its rounds through social media.

Sheila Pulanco Russell from Lumberton, North Carolina, posted an ingenious tip on Facebook for avoiding food contamination:

"For those of you that are evacuating from the coast, I just heard a great tip. It's called the one cup tip. You put a cup of water in your freezer. Freeze it solid and then put a quarter on top of it and leave it in your freezer. That way when you come back after you've been evacuated you can tell if your food went completely bad and just refroze or if it stayed Frozen while you were gone. If the quarter has fallen to the bottom of the cup that means all the food defrosted and you should throw it out. But if the quarter is either on the top or in the middle of the cup then your food may still be ok. It would also be a great idea to leave this in your freezer all the time and if you lose power for any reason you will have this tip to fall back on. If you don’t feel good about your food, just throw it out. The main thing is for all to be safe."

The post has garnered more than 134,000 reactions, over 265,000 shares and almost 8,000 comments since Oct. 5.

I think that this is definitely a tip worth taking into consideration.

Don't forget to share this with your friends and family, spreading the word.



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