Do NOT rely on masks to filter contaminants, since masks do not work when not fitted correctly. Smaller sized masks may appear to fit a child’s face, but no manufacturers recommend their use for children. If your children are in an area with bad air quality, take them to an indoor environment with cleaner air, rather than give them a mask. Humidifiers or breathing through a wet washcloth do not prevent breathing in smoke.
- AAP Wildfire Web Page: https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/Children-and-Disasters/Pages/Wildfires.aspx
- AAP HealthyChildren.org Wildfire Information for Parents: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-home/Pages/Wildfires-Information-for-Parents.aspx
- PEHSU Protecting Children from Wildfire Smoke and Ash: https://www.aap.org/en-us/Documents/PEHSU_Protecting_Children_from_Wildfire_Smoke_and_Ash_FACT_SHEET.pdf
- CDC Wildfire Smoke: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/wildfires/smoke.html
- AAP Volcano Page: https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/Children-and-Disasters/Pages/Volcanoes.aspx