POSTED: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 3:26pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 4:43pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (Mayor's Office) - — Mayor Melvin “Kip” Holden is urging East Baton Rouge residents to use the “Buddy System” to check on their neighbors over the next few days as the temperatures soar into the high 90s with heat indexes in the triple digits. With very little rain forecast during this time, there will be little relief from the sweltering temperatures.
Mayor Holden said it’s particularly important to check on the elderly and the infirmed during this period of extreme heat. The National Weather Service is forecasting a high of 98 degrees Wednesday followed by a forecast high of 95 degrees on Thursday.
The Mayor said it’s especially critical for senior citizens and others sensitive to the heat to stay out of the sun, drink plenty of fluids and remain in air-conditioning if possible. Those without air conditioning should have fans in use, the Mayor said.
Baton Rouge Fire Chief Ed Smith is also warning East Baton Rouge residents not to leave children or pets alone in vehicles for any amount of time during the extreme heat.
A statewide cease and desist order for private burning has been issued by the State Fire Marshall over concerns for the exceedingly high temperatures and lack of moisture throughout much of the state. The order will go into effect June 1 at 9 a.m. and last until it is rescinded.