Phew! Thanks to wonderful supporters in Lincoln Massachusetts, Phinney’s has been able to purchase and donate two more pet oxygen mask kits to the fire department, one for an ambulance and one for an engine truck. Now all the town’s emergency vehicles in the Fire Station are equipped with oxygen masks for pets.
Although we don’t have official numbers by the U.S. Fire Administration, industry and sources estimate 40,000 to 150,000 pets die each year in fires, most succumbing to smoke inhalation.
“If we ever have any fires in Lincoln and pets are rescued, the firefighters will be able to help them with oxygen masks that actually fit their snouts and give them a higher chance of survival,” says Daniela Caride, president of Phinney’s. “Pets are often more vulnerable to smoke inhalation in fires because they hide, and human oxygen masks don’t fit properly on animals.”
Phinney’s is so happy to be able to provide safer measures for all pets in the town of Lincoln, where the nonprofit is based. Hopefully, we will be able to extend this program to many other towns nearby in the near future. And maybe, who knows, far and wide as well.