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Monday, November 11, 2019

Be safe with space heaters [ Local Stories]

The wind will be out of the North 20-35+ mph. Temperatures will fall into the mid 30s to low 40s Tuesday. That means the wind chill will be in the 30s through the day. Button up your overcoat! Scarf and mittens a good idea for the children. Wind chills Tuesday night will be in the 20s and 30s. Wind chills Wednesday morning will be in the teens and 20s.

Morning lows Wednesday will be in the mid 20s on the Northshore. Protect pipes, plants, pets and people. Lows along the Mississippi Coast will be in the mid to upper 20s. The models just updated, and are coming in colder for the Mississippi Coast. Protect pipes, plants, pets and people. Lows Houma to Belle Chasse line will be in the upper 20s to near 30. Protect plants, pets and people. Lows Metro will be near 30 to the mid 30s. Protect tender vegetation, pets and people.

The wind will make it feel colder. The wind does not make it colder for pipes, but the wind removes warm air quickly, allowing air next to pipes to get cold faster. This is more of a concern for exposed pipes.

I like to cover my low plants with pine straw. The pine straw traps heat, but also allows the plant to breath. Plastic should never be used to cover plants. You can put a trash can over some plants. Wrap tall plants with blankets and be sure to protect roots with pine straw or blankets. Remove all coverings when temperature goes above freezing. Plant will be damaged if left covered. If you have fruit trees like satsumas or lemons, you should remove your fruit on the Northshore.

If you use space heaters, make sure they are not anywhere close to curtains, bedding or anything flammable. Many house fires happen because space heaters are not used correctly.

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