Wildfires | Overview
Wildfires are all too common in some areas of the United States. Children are more susceptible to the wildfire smoke and ash than adults because their lungs are still developing. In addition, children breathe more per minute than adults, increasing their exposure. Children with asthma and other respiratory diseases are even more vulnerable to the health effects from wildfires.
Below are some links to resources for more information about wildfires and protecting children’s health.
- What We Know and Don’t Know About Wildfire Smoke’s Health Risks from Science News
- Wildfire Information and Resources from the Western States Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit
- Wildfire and Smoke Resources from the National Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit