Protecting Children from Wildfire Smoke and Ash

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This factsheet describes how to protect children from wildfire smoke and ash. 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.

July 2018

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