5:50 p.m., Aug. 29: Update from Con Ed
Due to the overwhelming demand for dry ice all along the East Coast, supplies are extremely limited. Con Edison will distribute dry ice today until supplies run out. The company will schedule further distribution if more dry ice becomes available.
The company has distributed 80,000 pounds of dry ice since Sunday. Con Edison apologizes for any inconvenience to customers.
From Con Ed:
Dry ice will be distributed on Monday, August 29, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the following locations in Westchester County.
- Mount Kisco Metro North Train Station - 1 Kirby Plaza in Mount Kisco
- Chappaqua Metro North Train Station - 108 Allen Place in Chappaqua
- Mamaroneck Metro North Train Station - 1 Station Plaza in Mamaroneck
- Yorktown Triangle Shopping Center - 20 Triangle Center in Yorktown Heights
Instructions for safe handling and disposal are printed on the bag for residents who pick up dry ice. Dry ice is frozen carbon dioxide and should be used only in well-ventilated areas. Keep children and pets safely away.
Customer outreach vans will be open on Monday, August 29 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. They will be located at:
- Chappaqua Metro North Train Station - 108 Allen Place (access from Woodburn Avenue off South Greeley Avenue.)
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a refrigerator will only keep food cold for about four hours if it is unopened. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours if the door remains closed, 24 hours if it is half full.
If perishable food is kept at 40 degrees or more for over two hours, it should be discarded. That includes things like raw meat or leftover cooked meat, poultry, seafood and soy meat substitutes. Foods such as tuna salad, lunchmeats and canned meats and fish should also be discarded.
Some hard cheeses like cheddar, Swiss and provolone are safe to keep. All dairy except butter and margarine should be discarded.
A chart from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on what to save and when to throw out is available here.