Officials caution against using stoves, BBQs for heat

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — With cold weather in the forecast over the holiday weekend, Los Angeles County health officials reminded residents today that shelters are available for people trying to escape the chill.

A list of shelter locations and transportation information is available at the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority website, or you can also call the county information line at 211.

“Because children and the elderly are especially vulnerable during such cold snaps, care should be taken to ensure they don’t get too cold when they are outside,” county health officer Dr. Jonathan Fielding said.

“There are places were people can go to stay warm, such as shelters or other public facilities.”

Fielding also said people should not use stoves, barbeques or ovens to heat their homes due to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

A freeze warning will be in effect tonight for the Antelope Valley, and low temperatures in the 20s and 30s are possible through Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

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