The holidays are a vibrant time of year with candles, holiday lights, and fireplaces. But with the increased lights comes a glaring risk of fires.
One group is thinking about our furry friends, working to help animals caught in a fire.
Recently, a handful of pet oxygen masks were donated to help save the lives of animals.
The masks were donated by Invisible Fence as part of their Project Breathe.
While the U.S. Fire Administration doesn’t keep an official statistic, sources estimate 40,000 to 150,000 pets die each year in fires, mostly from smoke inhalation.
According to their website, this program of pet oxygen masks has saved about two hundred pets from fire and smoke inhalation so far.
The nine masks were donated to the fire department on Monday.
The Marysville Fire Department now has three masks on each of its three firetrucks.
“The way that we view pets is that they are family members,” said Tyler Espenshade of Invisible Fence. “Our objective is to make sure they are safe at all times”.
In the past 12 years, Invisible Fence has given away 24,000 pet oxygen masks.