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Cold Weather Alert: Low temps expected in parts of L.A. County

Wind chill temperatures are expected to be below 32 degrees Fahrenheit

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Children, the elderly, and people with disabilities or special medical needs should take precautions during cold weather snaps

LOS ANGELES – The National Weather Service’s forecast for low temperatures has caused the County Interim Health Officer to issue a Cold Weather Alert for parts of the L.A. metropolitan area. Wind chill temperatures are expected to be below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

Affected areas include:

  • Antelope Valley – Fri., Jan. 19 through Mon., Jan. 22
  • Los Angeles County Mountain areas – Fri., Jan., 19 through Sat., Jan. 20
  • San Fernando Valley – Sat., Jan., 20 through Sun., Jan., 21
  • Santa Clarita Valley – Saturday, Jan., 20 through Sunday, Jan., 21

“Children, the elderly, and people with disabilities or special medical needs are especially vulnerable during cold weather snaps. Extra precaution should be taken to ensure they don’t get too cold when they are outside,” said Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, M.D., MPH, Los Angeles County Interim Health Officer. “There are places where people can go to stay warm, such as shelters or other public facilities. We also want to remind people not to use stoves, barbecues or ovens to heat their homes due to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.”

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority has a Winter Shelter Program available for those who need shelter. Locations and transportation information are online or by calling the L.A. County Information line at 2-1-1 from any landline or cell phone. For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call the TDD line at 1-800-660-4026.

Take precautions to protect yourself from cold weather

  • Dress in layers of warm clothing if you plan to be outdoors.
  • Protect extremities from the cold by wearing a hat, scarf, gloves, and socks
  • Offer to help those in your neighborhood with limited access to heat, such as seniors or those who are ill. Check on them frequently
  • During peak cold weather times, if you don’t have a heater in your home, visit indoor public facilities such as shopping malls, libraries or senior centers
  • If you have pets, bring them indoors and do not leave them outside overnight
  • If you use an outdoor generator at home, place it at least 10 feet away from all doors and windows to avoid exhaust gases entering the home
  • Never use stoves, barbecues, and ovens to heat a home, as they can produce a deadly gas known as carbon monoxide when used
  • Use only approved heaters such as electric, natural gas, or fireplaces

Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home to reduce the risk of poisoning.Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include shortness of breath, headaches, muscle and joint pain, and nausea. Exposure to high levels of carbon monoxide could lead to death within minutes. Those suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning should be taken outside, into fresh air, immediately, and should be taken to an emergency room for immediate medical treatment.

Los Angeles County residents and business owners, including people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, may also call 2-1-1 L.A. County for emergency preparedness information and other referral services. The toll-free 2-1-1 number is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. 2-1-1 L.A. County services can also be accessed by visiting 211la.org.

The Department of Public Health is committed to protecting and improving the health of over 10 million residents of Los Angeles County. Through a variety of programs, community partnerships and services, Public Health oversees environmental health, disease control, and community and family health.

Nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health comprises nearly 4,100 employees and has an annual budget of $1 billion. To learn more about the L.A. County Department of Public Health and the work they do, visit PublicHealth.LACounty.gov, and follow Public Health on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

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