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Are there any special considerations?

posted on Sep 3, 2021
  • If your child has any difficulty breathing, is excessively sleepy, declines food and water, or there are other health concerns, reduce their exposure to smoke and seek medical help right away. 
  • If your child has asthma, allergies, or another chronic health condition they are at higher risk from health effects related to wildfire smoke and ash. Follow your asthma action plan and seek medical advice as needed.
  • Humidifiers or breathing through a wet washcloth do not prevent breathing in smoke. Children may be able to get some protection from wildfire smoke from N95 masks or surgical masks.