An arctic blast of cold weather is bringing Louisiana some of its coldest temperatures they've seen in a few years. Nancy Malone of the American Red Cross says when it gets this cold outside, there's a greater risk of house fires. Malone says there are steps you can take to reduce the chances of danger.
"Don't open your oven and try to use that to heat your home and be very careful when you're using your space heaters that you're keeping it on a level surface and away from anything flammable. Keep it away from paper and clothing and bedding."
Also don't forget about the possibility of frozen water pipes. Malone says to open up your kitchen and bathroom cabinets so that warm air can circulate around your water pipes.
Another way to protect your water pipes is to maintain a steady temperature inside your home by not messing with your thermostat.
"Try to keep your thermostat at the same temperature day and night. Your heating bill may be a little higher but you know it could really (help) avoid much higher costs if you have to repair burst pipes or anything like that."