By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
Posted Dec. 4, 2019
Pets that live in the township are safer from the effects of a house fire thanks to a program that donates pet oxygen masks to fire departments across the country.
Project Breathe, an oxygen mask donation effort spearheaded by Invisible Fence, makers of pet containment products, held its second annual Project Breathe Giveaway on Facebook in honor of National Fire Safety Month in October.
The public was invited to nominate their local fire departments for pet oxygen mask donations.
Huron Township was one of the fire departments nominated by the public and chosen as a donation recipient.
“The Project Breathe Program goal is simple,” said Ed Hoyt, director of Invisible Fence. “We want to ensure that every fire department and rescue unit across the U.S. and Canada are equipped with life-saving pet oxygen masks.”
Experts say each year, it’s estimated that more than 40,000 pets die in fires, mostly due to smoke inhalation.
Organizers of the donation effort say in most cases, first responders lack the equipment to resuscitate and save pets, and programs like Project Breathe are addressing this issue.
Since the program’s launch in 2006, over 28,803 masks have been donated to first responders.
Fire departments can request pet oxygen mask kit donations here.