Spalding could lead the way in saving pets from house fires

Firefighters tackling a fire where a pet dog is being helped by an oxygen mask. Photo courtesy Smokey Paws.

Firefighters tackling a fire where a pet dog is being helped by an oxygen mask. Photo courtesy Smokey Paws.

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Spalding fire engines could be the first in Lincolnshire to carry oxygen masks specifically designed to revive pets who might die from inhaling smoke in house fires.

Inhaling smoke is the number one people killer in house fires and fire engines already carry oxygen masks to help save human lives.

Paul Frith-Anderson and Linda Cooper from Little Acorns.

Paul Frith-Anderson and Linda Cooper from Little Acorns.

The same masks are used for pets but the poor fit means animals breathe in only ten-15 per cent of the available oxygen – while specific masks for animals boost that to 90 per cent or more, according to not for profit company Smokey Paws.

Smokey Paws is on a mission to roll out the masks to First Responders across the UK but each set of three costs £90 and funds have to be donated before the kits can go out.

Animal lovers want to supply the kits to fire stations in Spalding, Holbeach, Donington, Crowland and Market Deeping.

Paul Frith-Anderson, from Spalding’s Little Acorns Spiritualist Centre, said: “Before these masks came out, 90 per cent of all animals involved in house fires died because there was no resuscitation equipment.”

A specialised pet oxygen mask is used to treat a dog. Photo courtesy Smokey Paws.

A specialised pet oxygen mask is used to treat a dog. Photo courtesy Smokey Paws.

The fundraising was sparked by centre member Linda Cooper, who is devoted to her chihuahua dogs, Twinkle, Bella and Bubbles.

Linda read about animal revival oxygen masks in Pets4Homes magazine but understood they were only available in America.

“I thought oh, my God, the Government doesn’t supply them,” she said. “I have three dogs and I would not like to think they could not be resuscitated after a fire.”

Little Acorns, based at Moose Hall in Love Lane, has raised nearly £400 to buy pet revival masks for local fire engines but is seeking your help in raising even more.

The centre is selling £5 tickets for a fancy dress Christmas Party at Moose Hall on December 17.

People who want to support the cause can call 07766 664386 or email Willowfaye2015@outlook.com

Smokey Paws was founded in May last year by husband and wife Lynn Carberry and Brian Lockyer, who live in Somerset.

Lynn told us: “Forty per cent of all households in the UK have a pet and last year there were over 40,000 house fires.

“Since we started, we have rolled out over 500 kits to over 30 counties.”

Pets saved or helped include a guinea pig, a 15-year-old cat, a dog caught in a storm drain and pony in a road accident.

Lynn says fire brigades don’t record pet death statistics.

For more information visit www.smokeypaws.co.uk