What Can I Do To Protect My Child(ren) From Wildfire Smoke?
Smoke from wildfires can travel hundreds of miles from the source of the fire. Children are especially vulnerable to smoke and ash due to their growing lungs. Follow your local air quality index (AQI) at www.airnow.gov for the most current information on the quality of air in your area.
What Can I Do?
Prepare in advance
Have an emergency evacuation plan
Stock up on food, medicine, water
Think about any pet needs
Create a “clean room” in your home
Choose a room with few windows and doors
Use a portable air cleaner in this room
Keep children indoors
Use your “clean room”
Keep doors and windows closed
Keep indoor air as clean as possible
Do not use candles, fireplaces, wood-burning stoves
Do not fry or broil meat
Do not use spray cans
Do not vacuum
Check AirNow.com. Once air quality improves
Clean away indoor dust
Click here for a handout from the American Academy of Pediatrics with more information on Protecting Children from Wildfire Smoke and Ash