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PEHSU Factsheet: Children's Health and Wildfires > Summary of Key Points

Summary of Key Points

posted on Sep 3, 2021
  • Children are especially vulnerable to health effects during wildfires due to their developing lungs and other factors. 
  • Wildfire concerns include the fire itself, the smoke and ash, and the chemicals from materials burned and fire retardants. 
  • Smoke can travel hundreds of miles from the source of a fire. Pay attention to local air quality reports, even if no fire is nearby (www.airnow.gov).