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The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness isn't taking chances as Louisiana braces for this season's coldest weather yet.

"Make sure that you have anything that would help in case the power went out.” Kevin Davis, GOHSEP Director says, “You want to stay warm if you're going out, to make sure that you're dressed appropriately and check on others, pets, certainly any plants you have outside you may want to move them in."

Officials are expecting a hard freeze On Wednesday and Thursday night. GOHSEP suggests stocking up now on extra food, water, possibly a weather radio and other supplies, much like a Hurricane Kit. Despite the cold, officials are not expecting bad road conditions.

However, staying warm can sometimes mean a dangerous proposition if unprepared.

Chimney sweep Chris Clouatre that his business does better as the weather drops. He expects to be working around the clock over the next few days as many homeowners prepare to light up the fire places for the first time this winter.

"Either soot catching on fire inside the chimney or the structure, the clearances on it aren't appropriate and catches the structure on fire” says Clouatre.

Chimneys should be inspected annually to make sure there's no soot build up and insure the fire box can still contain the heat and flames.

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