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COLD WEATHER ROUNDUP: Forecast, school status and home safety tips

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According to the KPLC Stormteam, the arctic air that is chilling most of the country is expected to settle over our area Monday night.

Tonight will likely be the coldest night in years with lows in the mid to upper 10s north of Interstate 10, near 20 along I-10, and low 20s at the coast. The wind will not likely calm completely and this will keep temperatures a few degrees warmer than they otherwise would be. The wind chills could be in the 8-15 degree range.

With temperatures this cold residents should take necessary precautions for outdoor pets and plants, check on friends and neighbors, and protect any exposed water pipes. This includes pool pumps and other similar items; keep these systems running overnight to prevent water from freezing in the pipes and causing damage.

Once the sun rises, temperatures be a little warmer Tuesday with highs in the mid 40s, although that is still well below normal. Tuesday night will be the final cold night with lows in the mid to upper 20s along and north of I-10. Thursday and Friday will be much warmer with highs near 70 and lows in the 50s.

 

Schools, power outages and more

• All public schools in the six-parish area are scheduled to be open on Tuesday. KPLC will report if the situation changes. To be the first to know, download the KPLC App for your Apple or Android device.

• The Thursday meeting of the Calcasieu Cameron Retired Teachers Association has been moved to Treasures of Marilyn, located at 3510 5th Avenue in Lake Charles.

• There have been reports of sporadic power outages, but most people in the Lake Area have not been affected. Some of the outages include sections of DeQuincy, Gillis, Grand Lake, Lacassine, Longville, Reeves, Singer, Welsh and Westlake.

 

Home safety tips

With a hard freeze warning issued, the Lake Charles Fire Department has put together a list of tips to keep your family safe and warm.

• Check smoke detectors to ensure they are free from dust and in working order. If gas appliances or fireplaces are in the home, a carbon monoxide detector should be installed.

• When heating your home, make sure the furnace is clean and in proper working order. If you have a fireplace, make sure the chimney is clean, free from debris, and the flue is open. When using space heaters, keep them 3 feet away from combustibles and don't leave them operating when children are in the room unattended, when you go to sleep or when you leave home.

• Never use any outdoor heating equipment inside your home. Never try to heat your home with the burners on your stove or oven. These produce carbon monoxide which is tasteless, colorless, odorless and a silent killer.

• Never use portable generators inside your home, garage or any enclosed area. Make sure to locate them away from doors, windows and vents.

• All homes need a working fire extinguisher and should have a fire escape plan.

• Keep matches and lighters in areas where they are out of the reach of children.

• If you smoke, don't smoke in bed.

• Never overload electrical circuits, and always use extension cords properly.

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