A network of experts in reproductive and children’s environmental health

PEHSU Factsheet on Protecting Children from Wildfire Smoke and Ash (2018) > Background

Background

posted on Oct 31, 2019
  • Children are especially at risk for health effects from exposure to wildfire smoke and ash, mostly because their lungs are still growing.
  • Wildfire concerns include the fire itself, the smoke and ash, and the chemicals from
    materials that have burned, such as furniture.
  • Smoke can travel hundreds of miles from the source of a fire. Pay attention to local air
    quality reports during fire season, even if no fire is nearby.