Is your fridge the right temperature?

Is your fridge the right temperature?

Fridges and freezers are one of the few appliances that work 24/7. For something so vital, how often do you check that it is working correctly?

You may think you would know if your fridge wasn’t working – either your vegetables would freeze or your milk would be warm – but it isn’t always that obvious.

It is important to regularly check the temperature of our fridges and freezers to ensure they are keeping our food safe.

Just a degree or two too warm may mean that your food could spoil, which could put you and your family at risk of getting a foodborne illness.

Modern fridges are far more reliable at maintaining the correct temperature, but it still pays to check, especially if you have an older model.


Your fridge temperature should be between 0⁰C to 4⁰C.

Most bacteria that cause food poisoning are unable to grow at these temperatures.

Using a fridge thermometer is the best way to determine the temperature of your fridge.

If you don’t have a fridge thermometer you can also measure your fridge’s temperature by putting a standard thermometer in a glass of water and leaving it in the fridge. Take the temperature when you open the fridge for the first time the next morning.

If your fridge is too warm, change the temperature by adjusting the dial in the fridge. If you need to make changes to the temperature of your fridge, do it slowly. Only raise or lower the temperature by one increment per 24 hours, until you reach the right temperature.

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Other things you need to know about your fridge:


Your freezer should be -18⁰C.


Use a fridge thermometer to determine the temperature of your freezer.

Other things you need to know about freezers:

Most of us would be lost without our fridge and freezer, so take the time to give it a little bit of TLC.