As part of our Community Risk Reduction efforts, we often dress in full gear, including mask and SCBA. When we have children three years old or younger, we often do not put the mask on, as we have been told that they can get scared. Of course, we want to prevent this. For those audiences, the Firefighter gets fully dressed out, but leaves the mask off, even though we show it. My question(s) is/are, is this appropriate? Are there studies that show how a certain age range reacts to a Firefighter wearing a mask? Should we wear our masks for all age groups, or just stick to what we are doing now?
Thank you so much in advance for any advice you can give.