With gusty winds and freezing overnight temperatures in the forecast, Los Angeles County Public Health officials Sunday issued a Cold Weather Alert.

The alert will begin Monday and last through Friday for the Antelope Valley; through Tuesday for the Santa Clarita Valley; and through Wednesday for the Mount Wilson area.

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

The public was reminded not to use stoves, barbecue grills or ovens to heat their homes due to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Residents were also urged to frequently check on and help family members, friends and neighbors with limited mobility and limited access to heat, such as seniors and those who are ill, and to avoid leaving pets outdoors overnight.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority has a Winter Shelter Program available for those who need shelter. Locations and transportation information are online at www.lahsa.org/ or through the L.A. County Information line by calling 211.

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