Who is at greatest risk from wildfire smoke?

  • People who have heart or lung diseases are at higher risk of health impacts associated with wildfire smoke.
  • Older adults are more likely to be affected by smoke. This may be due to their increased risk of heart and lung diseases.
  • Children are more likely to be affected by health threats associated with smoke. Children’s airways are still developing, and they breathe more air per pound of body weight than adults. Also, children often spend more time outdoors engaged in physical activity and play.
  • Pregnant individuals and their unborn child are at higher risk of smoke effects.
  • Neighbors who live alone, the elderly, and those who cannot easily shelter-in-place indoors should be checked on regularly throughout the duration of air quality events.