Cold Weather Alert Extended for L.A. County; Winter Shelters Open

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Los Angeles County officials extended a cold weather alert through Friday for the Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita and Mount Wilson, after the National Weather Service forecast temperatures near freezing for those areas.


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As the cold snap continued, the county’s Department of Public Health posted a message on its website reminding residents there are places they can go to stay warm during the cold snap.

“We also want to remind people not to use stoves, barbeques or ovens to heat their homes due to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning,” said Jonathan E. Fielding, M.D., Director of Public Health.

A total of 13 shelter sites were open as part of the county’s Winter Shelter Program, according to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.

The shelters have 1,491 beds available to single individuals on a first-come, first-served basis, officials said.

The shelters are located in Lancaster, Sylmar, Glendale, Long Beach, Los Angeles and several other communities.


People wait in line to enter a winter shelter (Credit: Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority)

The 2013-2014 Winter Shelter Program (WSP) will operate until March 14, 2014.

Families seeking shelter can call the county’s free information and referral line by dialing 211.

For a complete list of winter shelters, click here.

County Health Officials also offered the following tips to protect yourself from the cold:

  • 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
  • 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.