The most common question we get from consumers is whether a refrigerator can be safely used to store frozen meals, fruits, vegetables, dairy products and meat.
The answer is no.
The federal government regulates refrigeration and its safety is regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act.
The act requires manufacturers to keep refrigerators in a cool and dry location, away from open flames, open refrigerators, open flames and other open sources of ignition.
It also requires manufacturers not to sell products that could be used to ignite such refrigerators.
The Safe Drinking and Driving Act of 1968 made it illegal to sell a car or truck that was capable of running a high-speed crash or to sell the engine or transmission of a car that was incapable of stopping at a stop sign or other safe place.
That same act made it an illegal act to sell, deliver or otherwise distribute a high or low-powered engine that could produce a crash, and it also made it a criminal act to drive a car in a reckless manner.
There is also a federal statute that allows a person to store up to three months’ worth of food and water in a refrigerator, as long as that refrigerator is not kept in a locked location.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that consumers store their food and drink in the refrigerator to avoid cooking it and then transferring it to the stove.
Some states also require refrigerators to be refrigerated at least 15 days per year.
For example, some states require refrigeration of food that is stored in an ice cream parlor or ice cream shop during the winter months, or in a car at least three days per week during the spring and fall months.