A cold weather alert has been issued through Thursday for the Los Angeles County mountains and the Antelope Valley, where wind-chill temperatures are expected to fall below 32 degrees at night.

“Children, the elderly, and people with disabilities or special medical needs are especially vulnerable during cold weather,” Los Angeles County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis said after issuing the alert. “Extra precaution should be taken to ensure they don’t get too cold when they are outside.”

Davis urged the public to protect themselves from the cold by dressing in layers and covering their heads, hands and feet.

Pets should also be brought indoors overnight, Davis said.

Davis warned of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, noting that people should avoid using stoves, barbecues or ovens to heat their homes and install a detector for the odorless gas.

Those who need shelter can take advantage of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s Winter Shelter Program, and can go to www.lahsa.org or call 2-1-1 for information.

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