FOLSOM — Folsom firefighters now have a tool that could save a pet’s life in the event of a home fire – specially designed pet oxygen masks. The masks allow firefighters to give oxygen to pets suffering from smoke inhalation when they are rescued from fires.
The pet masks were donated by Invisible Fence of California as part of its Project Breathe campaign to provide pet masks to every fire station in America. To date the company has donated more than 10,000 pet oxygen masks all over the country.
“While humans are always our first priority, these masks are a blessing for Folsom,” says Fire Chief Ron Phillips. “We’ve seen residents run back into burning homes to save a pet. It’s understandable, but extremely dangerous. These masks will give residents comfort in knowing that we can help to save their pets if they are suffering from smoke inhalation.”
Each of the City’s four fire stations will be outfitted with one of the pet oxygen mask kits so that firefighters can quickly deploy the equipment off of their vehicle and render aid to the pet once it is removed from the fire area.
Industry sources estimate that between 40,000 and 150,000 pets die in fires each year nationwide, with most succumbing to smoke inhalation. To date, more than 90 pets have been saved by the donated masks.