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Cold Weather Alert Extended Through Friday For Portions Of LA County

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textalerts180 Cold Weather Alert Extended Through Friday For Portions Of LA County

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A cold weather alert was extended Tuesday for the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys, as well as Mount Wilson, as temperatures are expected to dip below freezing in those areas through Friday, the National Weather Service said.

Los Angeles County has opened cold weather shelters and other public facilities for those looking to stay warm.

A total of 1,491 beds are available at 13 shelter sites across Los Angeles County.

Those with disabilities and medical conditions are especially vulnerable to the cold weather and are encouraged to seek shelter, said Jonathan E. Fielding, director of Public Health and Health Services.

Shelter locations can be found online, by calling 211, or the TDD line at 1(800) 660-4026.

Cold Weather Recommendations:

- 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 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.
– Stoves, barbeques and ovens can produce a deadly gas known as carbon monoxide when used to heat a home. Never use these appliances in place of approved heaters such as electric, natural gas, or fireplaces.
– Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home to reduce the risk of poisoning.

(©2014 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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