HAMPTON -- Nearly a dozen pet oxygen masks were recently given to each fire station in Hampton to help reduce the number of pets killed or injured in house fires.
Harry Bigley, owner of Invisible Fence Brand of Hampton Roads, gave 11 new pet oxygen mask kits to city officials.
The donation was made possible through the Invisible Fence Brand’s Project Breathe initiative.
Bigley said Invisible Fence has always been involved with keeping pets safe, and this is one way they can help first responders help pets. “We’re just thrilled to be able to do this,” he said.
According to Invisible Fence, it’s estimated that between 40,000 to 150,000 household pets die each year in house fires, most from smoke inhalation.
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, helping firefighters deliver the right amount of oxygen to the pet. The pet masks also protect firefighters from an injured animal that may try to bite out of fear.