As Fire Safety Week approaches, Garden City Fire Department is boasting about one of their newest safety equipment: pet oxygen masks. “We are really thankful to have them because there was such a need. With the human oxygen masks we were using, it wasn’t covering and closing [on the pet’s mouth], so they’re not getting that oxygen that’s coming out,” firefighter Amy Headrick said.
Without the proper amount of oxygen during fires, pets are at a higher risk for death. Many fire departments don’t have animal oxygen masks. One kit costs around $80, but it’s a price a group of local veterinaries is willing to pay.