Mayor-President warns residents of freezing overnight temperatures


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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- The East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security And Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP) warns residents of freezing temperatures in the low 20s to be expected until Monday morning, according to data from the National Weather Service (NWS)

Mayor Sharon Weston Broome advises residents to prepared for the extreme cold conditions;

“Take this time to check your disaster supply kits, ensuring you include proper winter weather supplies,” said Broome. “Make all necessary preparations for winter weather and remember to include your family, pets, pipes and plants in your plans. These colder temperatures will increase the use of gas appliances; if these appliances are not working properly it could lead to carbon monoxide (CO) production.”

“Test your CO and smoke detectors to ensure they are in proper working condition. Together, let’s all make our personal preparations to help prevent emergencies and keep East Baton Rouge Parish Red Stick Ready, she added”

MOHSEP also advise residents to use these Red Stick Ready winter weather tips to prepare their homes, family and pets for the upcoming cold temperatures:

Red Stick Ready Winter Weather Tips:

  • Check your family disaster supply kits to ensure it is prepared for the winter.
  • Use caution when operating heaters and fireplaces.
  • Dress in layers to keep yourself warm. 
  • Bring your pets inside 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 and CO detectors, replacing any that may be more than ten years old.

For more information contact the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at (225) 389-2100.

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