Children's Health & Wildfires
A Resource for Families
Wildfire season is growing longer and wildfires are becoming more severe and frequent because of climate change. Families are encouraged to read the guidance below to help prevent or reduce exposure to wildfire smoke and ash. This information can also help guide discussions with your child's pediatrician or with your regional Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) staff.
Summary of Key Points posted on Sep 3, 2021
What are the health effects from wildfires? posted on Sep 3, 2021
How can I prepare for wildfires? posted on Sep 3, 2021
What should I do during a wildfire? posted on Sep 3, 2021
How should I evacuate? posted on Sep 3, 2021
What should be done after a wildfire? posted on Sep 3, 2021
Are there any special considerations? posted on Sep 3, 2021
To download this page as a fact sheet, click here.
To download this page as a fact sheet in Spanish, click here.
Additional Resources for Families
Additional PEHSU Resources:
- Wildfires and Mask Use
Factsheet on using masks to mitigate the health effects of wildfire smoke.
- Staying Safe During a Wildfire
How to stay safe during a wildire.
- Preparing for Wildfires
Guidance on how to prepare for a wildfire.
Variety of resources on preparing for and staying safe from wildfires.
- Wildfires: What Parents Need to Know
Information on keeping children safe during and after a wildfire. Plus common signs of adverse health effects.
Regional PEHSU Websites
- Wildfires and Children’s Health (Western States PEHSU)
Infographics and other resources on keeping children safe during wildfires.
The Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSUs) are supported by cooperative agreement FAIN: NU61TS000296 with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (CDC/ATSDR). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also provides support through Inter-Agency Agreement DW-75-95877701 with CDC/ATSDR. The American Academy of Pediatrics supports the PEHSUs as the National Program Office. The content on this website has not been formally disseminated by CDC/ATSDR or the EPA and should not be construed to represent any agency determination or policy. Use of trade names that may be mentioned is for identification only and does not imply endorsement by the CDC/ATSDR or EPA.
The information contained on this website should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your/your child’s primary care provider. There may be variations in treatment that your provider may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
Created: September 2021