Los Angeles County health officials extend cold weather alert to several areas

The low temperatures will continue in Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles County Department of Public Health officials extended Friday a cold weather alert in Antelope Valley and mountainous areas until New Year's Day, due to the cold and wind, which is expected to cause lower the temperature to less than 32 degrees F (0 ° C).

A cold weather alert also came into effect Friday in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Affected areas include:

  • Antelope Valley – until Wednesday, January 1
  • Mountain areas of Los Angeles County: until Wednesday, January 1
  • Santa Clarita Valley – Friday, December 27

“Children, the elderly and people with disabilities or special medical needs are especially vulnerable during cold weather. Additional precautions must be taken to ensure that they do not get too cold when they are outside, ”said Dr. Muntu Davis. “There are places where people can go to stay warm, like shelters or other public facilities. We also want to remind people that do not use stoves, barbecues or ovens to heat your homes due to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. ”

County health officials recommend The following precautions to protect yourself from the cold:

– Dress in layers of warm clothing if you plan to be outdoors.

– Protect the head, hands and feet from the cold, wearing a hat, scarf, gloves and socks.

– Control and help family members, friends and neighbors with limited mobility and limited access to heat, such as the elderly or sick people, frequently.

– If you have pets, take them indoors and do not leave them outside overnight.

– Shelter during peak cold hours.

– If you do not have a heater in your home, visit indoor public facilities such as shopping centers, libraries or senior centers.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority has a Winter Shelter Program available for those who need shelter.

Locations and transportation information are online at www.lahsa.org/ or by calling the Los Angeles County Information Line at 2-1-1 from any landline or cell phone.


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