SMOKE KILLS

 

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SMOKE KILLS

 

By Camy Thumwood,
Founder of PET ALERT

Smoke inhalation is the number one cause of death in house fires!

Just like standing in the smoke from a campfire or BBQ and not being able to get away from it you would start to choke and suffer from smoke inhalation.

However, in a house fire the smoke is more toxic due to the gases released from other burning objects. And once you start to inhale the smoke, you are not getting enough oxygen for your body to function and depending on the density and heat of the smoke, it may take 2 to 10 minutes to pass out or even die.

Fire burns oxygen, so as a fire continues to be active, more oxygen gets removed from the room. Smoke puts too much carbon monoxide into the lungs which prohibits oxygen into your body, and the carbon dioxide getting released out of your body. Usually causing you to pass out before dying and can cause brain damage. Only 15 minutes of straight smoke (0% oxygen) would kill you. In just 5-10 minutes would cause permanent brain damage in humans.

Just like humans, pets usually have less than 20 minutes depending upon the location of the house fire and how hot and fast it is burning.

Birds only have a few minutes due to their small lungs.

Dogs usually get excited, panic and hyper ventilate during a fire, so they inhale smoke faster and have usually about 10-15 minutes depending on their size.

Cats usually hide and lay low where the smoke is less, so they have the longest chance to strive, maybe about 15-20 minutes.

Other Caged pets are at the mercy of their location and the type of fire.

QUESTIONS YOU NEED TO ASK YOURSELF ABOUT YOUR PET’S SAFETY:

1. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR YOU TO GET HOME FROM WORK IN AN EMERGENCY?

2. DO YOU HAVE A FIRE ALARM THAT CALLS 911? WITH AN ATTIC HEAT SENSOR?

3. WHAT WILL “ALERT AND GIVE PROPER INFORMATION AT HAND” FOR FIREFIGHTERS ABOUT YOUR PETS?

4. DID YOU KNOW 90% ON THE TIME YOUR NEIGHBOR IS NOT HOME DURING YOUR 911 EMERGENCY TO HELP PROVIDE FIRST RESPONDERS WITH INFORMATION?

5. WHAT ACTIONS HAVE YOU TAKEN TO BE PET SAFE? DO YOU USE THE PET ALERT E.I.S. KIT?

6. WHO KNOWS AND HOW WILL FIRST RESPONDERS KNOW “WHO TO CONTACT TO HOUSE OR HELP YOUR PETS”, IF YOU ARE UNABLE?

7. ANIMAL SHELTERS ARE OVERCROWDED AND NOT WHERE YOU WANT TO SEND YOU PET, SINCE THEY CAN EUTHANIZE YOUR PET DEPENDING ON ADOPTABILITY/HEALTH ISSUES OR PUT THEM UP FOR ADOPTION AFTER 3 TO 7 DAYS DEPENDING ON THE AREA WHERE YOU LIVE. (PLEASE NOTE CATS ARE NOT PROTECTED BY THE 3-5 DAY HOLD LAW IN SOME CITIES/STATES).

8. LEARN MORE TO KEEP YOUR HOME AND SURROUNDINGS PET SAFE ALL YEAR LONG WITH THE EASY TO USE “GUIDE TO PET SAFETY” HANDBOOK AVAILABLE FOR $19.95.

9. PROCEEDS FROM BOOK SALES DONATES “PET OXYGEN MASKS KITS” TO FIRE DEPARTMENT THAT DO NOT HAVE THIS KITS, WHICH HELP PETS WHO SUFFER FROM SMOKE INHALATION AND CAN SAFE THEIR LIFE.

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