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Fire Department Has Oxygen Masks for Pets

01/01/2010

The Clayton Fire Department, which has greatly increased its capabilities in recent years, has just added a new one---the ability to help pets who have inhaled smoke in a fire.

Pup MaskBoth fire stations are now equipped with "Pet Oxygen Masks" that can prevent pets from falling victim to smoke inhalation, the most common killer of animals caught in a home fire.

"We're happy to have this new capability, one that could prevent a lot of heartache," Chief Lee Barbee said.

The mask kits were donated by the Invisible Fence company of Raleigh, through its Pet Oxygen Mask Donation program.

“We hope that by donating pet oxygen mask kits, we will contribute to saving more pets and hopefully protect pet owners that may risk their own life to save a pet in a fire,” said Bill Swayne, the company's owner.

Animal health experts say many of the thousands of pets who die each year as a result of smoke inhalation from a home fire could be saved if emergency responders had the equipment and training to help them.

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