October is National Fire Safety month and Petplan pet insurance and Wag'N Enterprises are joining forces to offer free rescue window alerts for pet owners. Petplan is currently the only organization that offers customizable window alerts that feature a pet's photo, name and possible hiding places to aide in their rescue. For every 100 pet rescue alerts created during October and November, a pet oxygen mask kit will be donated to a U.S. fire department.
The National Volunteer Fire Council estimates that half a million pets are affected by home fires each year. Motivated by fire-related injury claims, Petplan created their window alert campaign in 2008 to help save more pets in emergencies.
"Pets often hide during fires. Knowing the pet's name or where they might be located can be helpful. Pet rescue alerts need to be kept up to date for the safety of family pets and our firefighters," cautions Lt. Kevin Grogan of the Eastchester Fire Dept. in New York.
Finding a pet in a fire is one thing, saving their life is another.
"Pet oxygen masks are crucial at the scene of a fire to prevent the harmful effects of smoke inhalation. The access to oxygen can mean the difference of life and death for a pet," advises Dr. Ernie Ward of Seaside Animal Care in North Carolina. Most fire stations are not equipped with pet oxygen masks to assist animals in medical distress.
The free, personalized pet rescue alerts are available via Petplan and the number of Wag'N Oxygen Mask Kits donated to fire departments will be based upon the number of uploaded photos during the national campaign running from October 1st - November 30th.
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