New oxygen masks to help save the lives of pets after a fire have been given to the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service.
Three specially designed pet oxygen masks will help firefighters give oxygen to animals that have suffered smoke inhalation. The masks are designed to fit the mouths of animals from large dogs down to guinea pigs. The masks have been provided free of charge by the organisation ‘Smokey Paws’ thanks to a donation from Animals at Home. Mick Keenan, local senior officer for the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service, said:
“In the event of a fire in a house, once all family members are safe, their attention then turns to the safety of their pets who often mean the world to them and are a major part of the family. They want us to do all we can to rescue them. “Pets often try to hide when they are scared and, just like humans, can suffer from the effects of smoke inhalation. We often do our best to resuscitate animals such as dogs, cats and rabbits and use standard oxygen masks but these do not always work well. “These special pet masks will make a big difference, because every second counts after a fire.”
More information on how to donate to Animals at Home can be found at www.animalsathome.co.uk