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Harris Teeter locations give out free ice

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With thousands still without power in the D.C. area, food safety is a very real issue.

The Center for Disease Control says if your power is out for less than two hours, all the food in you refrigerator will be safe for you and your family to eat.

While the power is out, the refrigerator and freezer doors should be kept closed as much as possible. Food will be safe in a half full freezer for up to 24 hours, 48 hours in a full freezer.

Should your power be out for longer than two hours, the CDC says remember the ABCDs of food safety:

Always keep meat, poultry, fish and eggs refrigerated at or below 40 °F and frozen food at or below 0 °F.  Get dry or block ice to help keep your food at these temperatures.

Be prepared by keeping foods that don't require refrigeration on hand i.e. canned goods and other non-perishable items.

Consider how you can prepare ahead of a storm to keep your food safe, like buying coolers and other storage solutions. If your freezer isn't full, the CDC advises placing the items close together.  

Digital, dial, or instant-read food thermometers will help you determine if your food is safe. 

Refrigerated items should be placed in a cooler surrounded by ice to keep them safe. However, you should check their temperature before you consume them.

To help residents stay cool and keep their food safe, several Harris Teeter locations will give out free bags of ice. The participating locations will begin distribution at 8 a.m. and are as follows:

- Fair Hill Shopping Center Harris Teeter, 18169 Towncenter Drive in Olney, Md.
- Ashbrook Commons Plaza Harris Teeter, 20070 Ashbrook Commons Plaza in Ashburn, Va.
- Purcellville Gateway Harris Teeter, 105 Purcellville Gateway Drive in Purcellville, Va.
- Hyde Park Plaza Harris Teeter, 600 North Glebe Road in Arlington, Va.
- Barcroft Plaza Harris Teeter, 6351 Columbia Pike in Falls Church, Va.
- Shops at Foxchase Harris Teeter, 4641 Duke Street in Alexandria, Va.
- Blue Ridge Shopping Center Harris Teeter, 545 Radford Lane in Charlottesville, Va.

The following locations will begin their distribution at 10 a.m.:

- North Bethesda Town Center Harris Teeter, 11845 Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda, Md.
- Kings Contrivance Harris Teeter, 8620 Guilford Road in Columbia, Md.

UPDATE 7/1: All Harris Teeter locations have run out of ice. Over 25,000 bags of ice were distributed. They are working to receive more.

UPDATE 7/2:  At 6 p.m., the following Harris Teeter locations still had free bags of ice available, but expected to run out by 8 p.m.:

- Shops at Foxchase Harris Teeter, 4641 Duke Street in Alexandria, Va.
- North Bethesda Town Center Harris Teeter, 11845 Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda, Md.
- Fair Hill Shopping Center Harris Teeter, #403: 18169 Towncenter Drive in Olney, Md.

The grocer's Hyde Park location has a limited supply of free ice still available. The store advises you call 703-526-9100 before driving to the store, located at 600 North Glebe Road in Arlington, Va.

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