The kitchen stove is a common cause of fire in the home. The usual culprit of a stove top fire is grease which can be very dangerous and can spread quickly. It is important to know how to react when a grease fire happens.
Here are some tips for putting out a stove top fire, should it happen to you:
If the fire starts from grease in a pan, put a metal lid on top of the pan to smother the flames. Turn off the burner but don’t move the pan. Leave the lid on until the fire is completely extinguished.
If you have it handy you can use baking soda to put out the fire. Never use water on a grease fire, it will make it worse.
An ABC, dry chemical fire extinguisher can also be used effectively on grease fires. It is important to keep a small multi-purpose extinguisher in an easily accessible area of your kitchen.
Never try to carry the fire outside. Moving the pan may cause the grease to splash, spread the fire, and cause burns.
In case of an oven fire, turn off the oven and leave the door closed. After the fire is out, let the oven cool completely.
If the fire becomes more than you can handle, leave and call 911 from a neighbor’s house.
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Selling your home during the holiday season can be difficult. Having your home available to show may well be worth it because many of the buyers this season are serious and motivated. This may also be a time when your competition may be taking some time off the market.
Here are some tips on how to survive selling during the holidays.
Less is More-Keep the ho-ho holiday decor to a minimum. This may not be the year to drag out every holiday decoration in the attic. Stick to a simple holiday decor and show off the features of your home.
Be Available-Make your home available to show, scheduling lots of company and relatives staying for the holidays over may prevent the availability of the home.
Clear the Clutter-As much as you love to hang holiday cards around the house this may not the time to do that. Keep holiday cards in a basket so you can look through them but taping them to the fridge and walls is a big distraction when buyers are looking at your home.
Keep it Warm-It may be tempting to turn down the heat when you are not home but if a buyer is coming to the view the home you want it to be as comfortable as possible so keep the heat at a comfortable temperature. If you are able to showcase a fire in your fireplace this would also be a great time to do it.
1. It Costs Less- With record low interest rates, and low home prices a mortgage payment on a house can be less than a rental payments.
2. Equity -If you own a home rather than rent you are building equity. If you pay rent you have nothing to show for it. If you own a home you are building equity. Even if housing prices stay flat part of your mortgage payment goes towards the principal balance and eventually you will own the home.
1. You Could Get a Better Money Return-A home may not be the best return on your money. You may find a better return on capital in the stock market. If you are just looking at it in a strictly financial way there are better investment strategies. Historically, the S&P 500 has returned an average of 13.4% — 4.8% higher than the 8.6% average return on housing.
2. It is a Big Commitment-You can’t just sell your house and move quickly. It is a long term decision. If you job requires frequent moves this can be a significant consideration.
Now that you have seen some of the pros and cons the decision is ultimately up to you and what is best in your circumstance. The pros cannot be disputed. Low rates and prices almost make buying a no-brainer if it fits within your financial situation.
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