A house fire is tragic for both humans and pets. Have you ever thought about what would happen to your pets if your house should go up in flames while you are away? Most are overcome by smoke when they run and hide trying to escape the smoke. Every year, more than 3,000 people die in house fires despite educational programs. Sadly, those who survive house fires often lose cherished four-legged family members in the infernos. But, now there’s a solution in the form of pet resuscitation devices to aid fireman in resuscitating our pets overcome by smoke.
Pet Resuscitation Kit
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there were 1.5 million uncontrolled fires a year in 2008. Though the USFA does not keep statistics about pets, it is estimated hundreds of thousands of pets are killed by house fires each year. Why are we so good at saving human lives, but our pets seem to perish? It’s reassuring to know that more and more fire departments across the U.S. are adding pet resuscitation devices to their equipment. These special oxygen masks are specifically designed to fit the muzzles and snouts of dogs, cats and other household pets. The kits include three different sizes to fit both our feline and canine family members. Before kits were available, all the firemen could do was lay the pet down next to a regular mask and turn the oxygen on full force. Now, they have three pet oxygen masks of different sizes to choose from.
Hat’s off to our brave, animal loving firemen!
Here’s a video showing an amazing rescue of a pet overcome by smoke in a house fire in Arlington Texas.