Will save lives of family pets in BA
In a press conference this morning, Monday, December 18th, the Broken Arrow Fire Department received two pet oxygen masks. The masks, which are being donated by a local vet clinic and a private citizen, are specially designed animal masks that deliver a direct flow of pure oxygen. The masks greatly increase the chance of a family pet surviving after smoke inhalation.
“An estimated 500,000 pets are affected by structure fires each year, with 40,000 pets not surviving,” stated BAFD Chief Jeremy Moore. “Animals retreat to safety in their homes during fires instead of leaving like people do. Smoke inhalation is a common occurrence and these masks will help us save their lives.”
The masks are designed so they fit snuggly around the animals snout. A rubber seal helps keep the mouth shut and delivers oxygen through the pets nostrils. The delivery of the oxygen helps pets recover more quickly.
“I am a pet lover! When I asked Chief Moore about the masks and found out BAFD did not have them, I immediately started working to get them donated,” stated Wes Smithwick. “Good Shepherd Veterinary Hospital was generous enough to help in making sure Broken Arrow pets are taking care of after a fire.”