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Pets, plants and heaters: What you need to know as an Arctic Blast blows into Southeast Texas

An Arctic cold front is bringing what may be the coldest weather of the season

BEAUMONT, Texas — The coldest weather of the season is rolling in with Monday's Arctic cold front.

Judy Coker isn't ready for this 'Arctic Air.' She hasn't been able to return to her home since Imelda. 

"I'm actually staying with my pastor and his family," Coker said. 

There are a few things you should keep in mind as you prepare for the polar plunge. 

First, think about how you'll stay warm. Fires are a big threat when temps fall below freezing. If you use a space heater, or a portable heater, keep it at least three feet away from any surrounding objects. Follow directions from the manufacturer. 

Jimmy Blanchard with Beaumont Fire Rescue reminds folks not to put anything on top of heaters. 

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Another important thing to remember is you should protect your plants. 

A freeze can quickly kill your plants. 

M&D Supply in Beaumont recommends your purchase coverings to help keep your plants warm. 

They recommend you don't use a plastic covering, because those can keep plants from breathing. Even old sheets will do the trick when it comes to protecting them.

You should be sure to cover small plants, annuals and tropicals. If you have potted plants, bring those indoors. 

It's also important to remember to protect your pets. If it's too cold outside for you, then it's probably too cold for them. 

State law requires your pet to have proper shelter in inclement weather.

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