Louisiana: Two people died during brutal winter storm this week

BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana Department of Health has confirmed that at least two deaths in the state are linked to the severe winter storm that swept through earlier this week.

As temperatures are expected to drop back into the 20s this weekend, LDH reports that both deaths were attributed to “hypothermia” and verified as weather-related. Officials stated that both fatalities occurred in north Louisiana.

The victims have been identified as a 36-year-old man from Rapides Parish and a 73-year-old woman from Sabine Parish.

A storm, bringing snow, sleet, freezing rain, and extremely cold temperatures, began affecting the state on Sunday. While the Baton Rouge area experienced light ice accumulations, the northern part of the state faced widespread water outages, ice, and temperatures below freezing for several days.

As the state prepares for another arctic temperature dip, LDH says there are ways to stay safe:

  • Test your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries
  • Never use a stove or oven to heat a home
  • Keep generators outdoors in a well-ventilated area away from doors, windows and vents
  • Turn off generators and let them cool before refueling
  • Keep generators dry to prevent electrocution
  • Plug space heaters directly into the wall socket, not into extension cords
  • Do not use a heater if the cords are frayed or splitting
  • Place space heaters 3-5 feet away from bedding or other flammable materials
  • Keep children away from the heater
  • Never leave the heater unattended

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