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PEHSU Factsheet: Masks to Protect Children and Pregnant People from Wildfire Smoke > Summary of Key Points

Summary of Key Points

posted on Jul 27, 2021
  • During a wildfire smoke event, the best place to be is inside with good air quality.
  • If you must go outside, NIOSH-approved N95s (with or without a valve) or surgical masks can help protect you and your family from wildfire smoke.
  • Respirators (like N95s) are the best kinds of masks to keep out small smoke particles.
  • People who are sensitive to wildfire smoke include children and pregnant people.

Local conditions may be important, including weather and how long wildfire smoke events last. When there is smoke outside, the best place to be is inside with good air quality. Contact your local public health official for additional guidance where you live. To learn about creating an indoor space with good air quality, see www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/create-clean-room-protect-indoor-air-quality-during-wildfire.