Hard freeze warning: What to expect, how to prepare in Baton Rouge

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The Baton Rouge area will be under a hard freeze warning from 8 p.m. Tuesday until 8 a.m. Wednesday, according to The National Weather Service New Orleans.

Temperatures are expected to drop to as low as 23 to 25 degrees Tuesday night, but there is no rain in the forecast during the time of the possible freeze.

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome advised residents to prepare themselves for the temperature drop.

“Take this time to check supplies and make all necessary preparations for cold weather overnight,” Broome said. “Remember to include your family, pets, pipes and plants in your plans. Use caution when operating heaters and fireplaces. Keep heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn. Together, let’s all make our personal preparations to help prevent emergencies and keep East Baton Rouge Parish Red Stick Ready.”

First responders, public works crews and emergency stakeholders are all making cold weather preparations to ensure the safety of East Baton Rouge Parish.

Residents are urged to use the following Red Stick Ready cold weather tips when preparing their homes, family and pets for the upcoming cold temperatures:

· Check your family disaster supply kits to ensure it is prepared for the cold weather.

· Communicate with your family and neighbors.

· Dress in layers to keep yourself warm during the cold weather.

· Pets should be brought inside your home when possible.

· Protect, cover or wrap your pipes.

· Protect your plants as necessary.

· Ensure proper ventilation for fuel-burning equipment.

· Refuel heating sources outside.

· Test your smoke detectors.

For more information, contact MOHSEP at (225) 389-2100, follow @RedStickReady on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or download the free Red Stick Ready mobile app.

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