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Icicles hang off an ice coated bird feeder effectively blocking birds and squirrels from chowing down. The ice coated vegetation creates a winter wonderland at 1745 Perkins Road courtesy of an overnight sprinkler and the frigid weather Tuesday Jan. 2, 2018, in Baton Rouge, La.

With an arctic blast settling in to southeast Louisiana as expected, organizations are reminding residents to stay safe in the cold weather.

When the temperatures drop, certain pipes – including outdoor pipes or pipes in unheated interior areas or areas with little insulation – are all at risk of freezing, the American Red Cross warns.

If you've found that one or more of your pipes have frozen due to the cold weather, follow these tips from the Red Cross:

--Keep the faucet open. As the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow again. Running water through the pipe will help to melt ice.

--Apply heat to the frozen section of the pipe by using an electric heating pad, a hair dryer, a portable space heater or with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene, propane heater, charcoal stove or other open flame device to heat the pipe.

--Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If the frozen area is unknown or not accessible, call a licensed plumber.

--If one pipe freezes, check other faucets in the home to see if other pipes have frozen as well.

Find more tips from the American Red Cross here