The Whitefield Fire Department received a pet oxygen mask kit donated from Invisible Fence of the Upstate at its June 5 meeting.
The masks, developed by veterinarians, will help resuscitate animals found in burning homes. The kit includes several cup-shaped masks that seal tightly around an animal’s muzzle, which helps firefighters deliver the proper amount of oxygen and protects them from being bitten by frightened animals.
Information provided by Invisible Fence estimates that as many as 150,000 pets die each year in fires, most succumbing to smoke inhalation. This donation is part of a national effort called Project Breathe—designed to equip fire stations across the U.S. and Canada. Invisible Fence brand has a commitment to pet safety that extends beyond electronic pet containment by funding deserving projects that help to save the lives of pets. Over 330 kits were donated to South Carolina first responders last year.