Increased frequency and intensity of wildfires is likely to become the new normal in the western US.  Children are at especially high risk because their lungs are still developing, and therefore more sensitive to the impacts of wildfire smoke.  Wildfire smoke contains many toxic compounds that travel hundreds of miles from the source, including fine particulate matter (PM2.5), acrolein, benzene, carbon monoxide, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.  Check out this video to learn more about how to protect yourself and your patients during wildfires:











You can also check out these other resources on wildfires and children's health here: