Losing a pet in a house fire is a devastating experience that no family wants to endure. But, if a fire occurs at the home, this may be the ultimate outcome. Many fire departments are taking a stance and now offer oxygen masks for pets. These masks can help a pet that has been injured in a fire but is still alive. Does your fire department have these masks in place and ready for any event?
- It is estimated that every year of the 500,000 pets that are affected by residential fires, about 40,000 die as a result of smoke inhalation.
- It is a well known fact that just moments after rescue from a fire, access to oxygen can mean a matter of life and death.
- Although oxygen masks meant for humans can be used sometimes for pets, it is noted that the shape and the size of the masks are not ideal for animals.
“The Lisle-Woodridge Fire District is among those who have recently received their own set of oxygen masks for pets, courtesy of Invisible Fence’s Project Breathe. The program aims to provide pet oxygen mask kits to every fire department and other first responders across the U.S. and Canada.”