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Preparing for the cold

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BATON ROUGE - Forecasters issued a freeze warning for southern Louisiana starting Tuesday night through Wednesday morning, bringing the coldest temperatures the state's had so far this year.

Many businesses and groups started preparations for the colder temperatures, even though they said it won't be "pipe-bursting" weather.

Firefighters say most home fires this time of year are caused by space heaters. They caution to keep them away from any walls, children and pets. If you're turning your home heater on for the first time, they also recommend having it checked by a licensed technician.

Earl Rish, the general manager of the Louisiana Nursery, said people should bring house plants inside and cover tropical plants in the yard during the cold nighttime hours, especially Wednesday and Thursday nights.

"There's a lot of plants that are very tender right now because they've been fertilized recently and so those are going to have to be protected with possibly just a sheet, or a blanket in some cases, because there's not going to be a hard freeze," said Rish.

However, he warned not to forget and leave the coverings on the plant.

"One thing we want to be sure of is that people understand that plastic is detrimental to the plant if it is left on there the following day," he said. "It will definitely burn any foliage that it touches."


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