Fire: Nothing is more terrifying. The thought of flames racing through
your home is probably your worst nightmare. Unfortunately,
it is an all-too-frequent occurrence in this country.
Every year, 4,000 Americans die in fires. The vast majority
of those deaths occur at home—each year, 100,000 homes
are destroyed, 40,000 family pets are killed. The LEADING CAUSE of death in a fire
is asphyxiation. Fire consumes the oxygen in the air
and increases the amount of deadly carbon monoxide,
which causes a loss of consciousness or death within
minutes. Fire victims rarely SEE the flames. Fire Lieutenant
John Rogers said: "When animals are stressed, they
hide from us, big-time. Because they are small, smoke
affects them worse and quicker than it does a human."
has one of the highest fire death rates in the
industrialized world. For 2001, exclusive of the events of
September 11, the U.S. fire death rate was 13.4 deaths per
Between 1992 and 2001, an average of 4,266
Americans lost their lives and another 24,913 were injured
annually as the result of fire.
About 100 firefighters are killed each year in
Each year, fire kills more Americans than all
natural disasters combined.
Pets are killed in house fires every year
At least 80 percent of all fire
deaths occur in residences.
1992 and 2001, an average of 1.9 million fires were
reported each year. Many others go unreported, causing
additional injuries and property loss.
Rover Pet Fire News
Rescuers Save 22 Pets From Fire
Are Away When House Filled With Pets Burns
Fla. -- Hollywood firefighters had the unusual task
of rescuing 24 pets from a burning home Wednesday.
police and fire rescue workers responded to the fire
at to 2539 Johnson St. The house was reportedly engulfed
in flames when they arrived just after 11 a.m.
broke into the home where they found 18 cats and six
dogs. They were able to rescue and revive most of the
animals, though two cats reportedly died.
two women who live in the home were reportedly out of
town, but are on their way back from Key West.
animals were taken to the Broward Animal Control.
Broward Sheriffs Office Now Equipped To Save Pets
New Oxygen Masks Designed For Pets Overcome By Smoke
6:00 pm EDT June 30, 2004
South Florida pets now have a better chance of surviving a
house fire thanks to a gift from an animal rights group.
The Broward County Sheriff's Office Department of Fire Rescue and
Emergency Services received 28 special oxygen masks
designed specifically to treat dogs and cats. Broward
Sheriff Ken Jenne showed the life-saving devices to
the public this week. BSO purchased the animal oxygen
masks with funds donated by the Animal Rights Foundation
of Florida, a local nonprofit animal rights advocacy
"Many of us consider our animal companions to be a member of
our families,” Jenne said. "Thanks to this generous
donation, their chances of surviving a fire have now
increased dramatically." The masks are available
in several sizes to accommodate each animal’s snout
and to ensure maximum oxygen flow.