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Wildfires and Mask Use

A Resource for Families

Wildfire season is growing and wildfires are becoming more severe and frequent because of climate change. Using appropriate masks correctly is an important way for families to mitigate the health effects of wildfire smoke when going outside. Families are encouraged to read the guidance below to help prevent or reduce exposure to wildfire smoke. This information can also help guide discussions with your child's pediatrician or with your regional Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) staff.

PEHSU Factsheet: Masks to Protect Children and Pregnant People from Wildfire Smoke

 Summary of Key Points posted on Jul 27, 2021
 General Information posted on Jul 27, 2021
 What are some different types of masks to use? posted on Jul 27, 2021
 What are some safety issues I should consider for my family? posted on Jul 27, 2021
 What should I do if I'm pregnant? posted on Jul 27, 2021
 What if there is a mask shortage? posted on Jul 27, 2021
 Key Words & Concepts posted on Jul 27, 2021

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Additional Resources for Families




Regional PEHSU Websites

This webpage was supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and funded (in part) by a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (CDC/ATSDR). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports the PEHSUs by providing partial funding to CDC/ATSDR through an Inter-Agency Agreement. The findings and conclusions presented have not been formally disseminated by CDC/ATSDR or 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.

Last updated: July 30, 2021