For residents experiencing power outages in the wake of Hurricane Irene, Consolidated Edison is distributing dry ice to help those affected preserve food and beverages.
The distribution points are Metro-North train stations in Mamaroneck, 1 Station Plaza, Chappaqua, 108 Allen Pl., and Mount Kisco, 1 Kirby Plaza. Dry ice is also available at the Triangle Shopping Center in Yorktown, 20 Triangle Center. Distribution will continue until 7 p.m.
The amount given to each person will be determined on a case by case basis, said Sara Banda, a spokeswoman. Customers will also be given instructions on the safe handling and disposal of dry ice, she said.
Con Edison advises homeowners to open their freezers as little as possible. Every time you open the door, room-temperature air enters and speeds the thawing process. Most fully loaded freezers will keep food frozen for approximately 36 to 48 hours; half-full freezers will keep food frozen for approximately 24 hours.