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Fire Safety Inspector from Fire Pros Saves Man from Burning Car

A Grand Rapids man was rescued from a burning car thanks to a fire protection inspection technician from Fire Pros who put out the flames with the fire extinguisher in his car.

The accident happened Thursday on southbound US-131 when a car lost control and crashed into another vehicle. Art LaFave was passing by the scene of the accident when he noticed the fire and quickly pulled over to help. Grabbing the fire extinguisher from his car, he used his knowledge of fire protection to quickly and efficiently put out the fire.

“I knew we wanted to get it out as soon as possible,” LaFave said in an interview with WOODTV. “There was a lot of people standing around. I didn’t want it catching a fuel line and having a chance of the car exploding, hurting more people, so I put it out as fast as I could.”

Even though Art LaFave is a humble man, we would like to recognize him for his bravery and quick-thinking that helped save another man’s life. We are proud to have you be a part of our company, helping customers stay safe with your knowledge of fire safety. Thank you for your dedication both on and off the job.

The man pulled from the burning car is still in critical condition while the other driver was treated for minor injuries. Our prayers go out to both car accident survivors and their families.

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

When interviewed by WOODTV, LaFave stressed the importance of being able to properly use a fire extinguisher. To honor LaFave’s wish that everyone know how to use a fire extinguisher, we’ve created this simple guide so that everyone can feel prepared in the event of a fire.

The easiest way to remember how to use a fire extinguisher is through the acronym P.A.S.S.

P – Pull the pin

A – Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire.

S – Squeeze the lever slowly.

S – Sweep from side to side.

Remember that fire extinguishers are only useful when a fire has just broken out. If the flames have grown taller than you, then you need to evacuate the building or get a safe enough distance away from the fire before calling 911. Also make sure that your fire extinguisher is fully charged and pressurized. Otherwise, it won’t be able to put out the fire. Quick thinking can help save lives and prevent significant fire damage.

For more information on how to make your home or business safer from potential fires or pick up a quality fire extinguisher for yourself, please feel free to reach out to our fire protection contractors. We also offer fire safety training courses to help people learn how to put out small fires and prevent them from spreading.

If you are interested in our fire protection products and services, please feel free to call us at 800-968-2871. The licensed fire protection inspection technicians at Fire Pros are dedicated toward helping clients prevent fires and limit fire damage.

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