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Friday, July 19, 2013
Franklin County Public Safety is teaming up with Invisible Fence Brand of Virginia to help reduce the number of pets killed or injured in house fires. It is estimated that between 40,000 to 150,000 pets die each year in fires.
Pet owners can rest easy knowing that 15 pet oxygen mask kits, enough to equip a first-run firetruck or ambulance in every community, will be presented by Invisible Fence Brand of Virginia/Clark distributors to members of Franklin County Public Safety and Franklin County Animal Shelter on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the public safety building , 1488 Franklin St. in Rocky Mount.
Dr. Charles Lane and his Newfoundland, which recently survived a fire, will demonstrate with the help of EMS how the masks work.
In the case of a fire, once firefighters have assured human life is safe, attention may turn to pets in the home. When given the opportunity, many rescue personnel would like to help pets, but haven’t had the proper equipment to do so. In the past, firefighters have tried adapting human oxygen masks to fit an animal, but human masks don’t fit properly on the nose of dogs and cats, thus not providing the necessary supply of oxygen.
The plastic, cup-shaped animal resuscitation masks, which come in three sizes, were originally developed for use by veterinarians. They seal around the muzzle of an animal tighter than a human mask. This helps firefighters deliver the right amount of oxygen to the pet and also protects firefighters from an injured animal that may try to bite out of fear.
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