Los Angeles County’s Interim Health Officer has issued a cold weather alert due to the National Weather Service’s forecast for low temperatures this week, including wind chill temperatures expected to be below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
Affected areas include:
· Antelope Valley – Tuesday, April 17 through Wednesday, April 18
· Los Angeles County Mountain areas – Monday, April 16 through Friday, April 20
In the Santa Clarita Valley, the NWS predicts overnight lows in the mid-40s and daytime highs between 60 and 70 through Thursday, with a warming trend into the 70s and 80s for the weekend.
Meanwhile, the Health Department suggests these precautions 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 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.
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 LA 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 LA County services can also be accessed by visiting www.211la.org.