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Cold weather safety tips

Posted at 8:31 PM, Nov 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-11 23:17:04-05

With the freezing temperatures expected in Acadiana, it's important for you to be prepared. Below are some tips.

1) Heat your home safely
-Use electric space heaters with automatic shut off switches.

-Make sure to keep space heaters away from anything flammable like curtains or blankets. Give them at least 3 feet apart from each other.

-Do not use extension cords to plug in the heaters only plug them directly into electrical outlets.

-Do not use stoves and ovens to heat your home.

2) Pipes
-Frozen water expands pipes, which could cause them to burst.

-To prevent this, leave cabinets under kitchen and bathroom sinks open. The recommendation is to not leave your faucets dripping during a hard freeze

-Make sure all hoses are disconnected from outside faucets.

3) Cars
-Make sure to build extra time to warm it up. Turn your heater on low

-Do not use hot or boiling water to de-ice your windshield. The frozen glass could shatter because of the extreme temperature change.

-You can make your own de-icer spray using rubbing alcohol and water.

-Before going to bed you can spray your windshield with a vinegar and water solution. This will prevent frost and ice. If your'e in a hurry in the morning, the same mixture will melt the ice right off.

The Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal is also reminding all residents to practice safe home heating. Click here for more tips.