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How to Not Burn Down the House While Cooking the Turkey

How to Not Burn Down the House While Cooking the Turkey

happy-thanksgiving

If you decide to deep fry a turkey, move away from the house and use a long-handled tool, as this firefighter shows. By HomeInsurance.com The countdown to turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie has begun. Thanksgiving’s arrival means many of us are scouring the closet for pants with stretchy waistbands so we can prepare to feast.

The holiday is all about giving thanks and spending a day with loved ones. But cooking the festive Thanksgiving meal can lead to fires. And fires can lead to injuries, deaths or property loss, so make sure to follow some safety suggestions for this holiday.

Check the Stats

Thanksgiving Day is the peak day for cooking fires in homes, accounting for about three times as many fires as any other day of the year, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Each year between 2011 and 2013, Thanksgiving Day produced an average of 2,100 residential building fires, resulting in $28 million in property damage, 50 injuries, and 10 deaths, according to a report by the U.S. Fire Administration.

What causes most Thanksgiving fires? More than 71 percent of fires were attributed to cooking, and the highest percentage of fires (24.6 percent) occurred between noon and 3 p.m., the report said.

Eyes on the Prize

Er, turkey. Leaving food unattended while it was cooking was the leading cause of Thanksgiving cooking fires, according to the NFPA. You’ll want to visit with your guests during this holiday, but it’s far more important to pay attention to what’s in the oven or on the stovetop so that you don’t become a statistic.

Also, assign guests items to bring for the meal. Having a potluck-style Thanksgiving dinner will prevent you from doing all the cooking, so you won’t be trying to cook multiple dishes at once. Giving your undivided attention to one dish at a time will help to keep food from burning and starting fires.

And when you want to chat with your guests while you’re cooking, call them into the kitchen with you. Leaving the room while food is in the oven or on the burners is a risky move that makes your insurance provider sweat.

Don’t Wear Loose Clothing While Cooking

Let’s set the scene: You’re wearing a baggy sweater as you cook vegetables in oil or butter, and you divert your attention to talk to a family member. A fire ignites, and, in a panic, you attempt to move the pan to the sink to run water over it. When you move the pan, your loose sleeve connects with the flames and, in a flash, your entire arm is on fire.

There are several things wrong with this scenario. The first is that you should avoid wearing loose-fitting clothes while cooking, as it puts you at an increased risk to catch fire and be injured.

Secondly, never move a pot that’s on fire, or try to put out a grease or oil fire with water. It’s best to put a lid on top of the pot to smother the fire, leave the pot where it is, and turn the heat off when the fire has been tamed.

Getting distracted while cooking is also a no-no.

Keep Fire Hazards Away From the Stove

Just like ill-fitting clothing is a hazard that can easily ignite, so are things like potholders, wooden utensils, towels, and flowers. Keep these items away from burners and the oven to reduce the chances of having a kitchen fire.

It’s also important to keep pets out of the kitchen. Say you just turned off the burner, but your pup comes sniffing around, puts his paws up on the counter, and accidentally slides a towel on top of the still-hot burner without you noticing, causing it to be engulfed in flames. Avoid this type of scenario by keeping the dog in a gated room and keeping other hazards at bay.

Know the Biggest Risks

Frying is the greatest risk for home fires. So if you’re deep-frying the turkey this year, take extra precautions.

Keep the fryer away from the house and on even ground. The fryer should be set up more than 10 feet away from the home, and on level ground to keep the oil even.
Completely thaw and dry the turkey first. Only fry a turkey after it has been fully thawed and dried off to reduce the possibility of splattering grease, which can ignite fires.
Keep children and pets away, and have a fire extinguisher nearby. The last thing you want on Thanksgiving Day is for a child or pet to knock over the fryer and get injured.
If You Have a Thanksgiving Day Fire

The majority of non-fatal Thanksgiving Day fire injuries occurred when people tried to fight the fires themselves. If your home catches fire when you’re preparing Thanksgiving dinner and you don’t have a fire extinguisher on hand, just get everyone out of the house.

Keep yourself, your family, and your guests safe. You can call 911 when everyone has evacuated.

The good news is that property damage and liability coverage for incidents involving fires are typically eligible for coverage under standard home insurance policies. That’s something to be thankful for.

Original RE/MAX Blog by Rob Penrose http://remaxprosblog.com/how-to-not-burn-down-the-house-while-cooking-the-turkey/

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Change Is In The Air

Change Is In The Air

Change is definitely in the air early this year in Colorado. Being born and raised in Colorado, I have learned that our beautiful state and this industry can throw just about anything at us. The changes in Autumn make it my favorite season. Maybe that is one of the reasons I love Colorado and in particular, the Grand Valley.

I have always believed that while sometimes tough, change is good. One of my favorite quotes about change is, “Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender who you are for what you could become”. With that being said, we at The Joe Reed Team have had some changes that I would like to share with you. As you know we have always tried to provide the best support team to our agents and to you, our clients.

Kristie Clark has played a vital role in that but now has taken on a new role with our team. She is now the Buyer’s Coordinator for the team. We are very excited for her to bring her knowledge and spirit to another division of The Joe Reed Team.

I would also like to introduce Nicolle Lewis, our new Listing Coordinator. She is a tremendous asset to our team and we couldn’t be happier with where things sit for us as we move into the 4th Quarter.

I want to thank you for taking a moment to read our blog and we look forward to helping you, your friends and your family with all of their real estate needs.

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What to Do in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Many people who choose to make their home in one of the towns on the Western Slope will find that there is never an end to the outdoor activities they can enjoy throughout the year. One of the most popular places to visit is surely the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. In fact, nearly 250,000 people visit the park each year, and there is plenty to love about it.

 

Those who want to take in the beauty of the park can take the scenic drive, which will take them along Colorado Highway 92 and US Highway 50, and along the south rim. They will also find that there are some great places to go camping within the park, as well as hiking. Both the north and the south rim are gorgeous in their own right, and you should make it a point to visit both areas. If you are living on the Western Slope, then getting to the park at least a couple of times each year should be a priority.

 

If you like fishing, you can try your luck in the Gunnison River. However, they only allow flies and lures. All of the rainbow trout that you catch are catch and release only. Make sure that you check the updated rules and requirements when you are looking for places to fish. Anyone who is an advanced rock climber will love the Black Canyon as well, as they have some incredible, and difficult, climbs.

 

You will see some fantastic scenery in the park including beautiful steep cliffs and craggy spires. It’s a place where you will certainly want to bring your camera to record all of your adventures. Best of all, when you live on the Western Slope, it’s right in your backyard, so you can visit often!

 

Resource: http://www.nps.gov/blca/index.htm

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The Best Home Improvements For Fall

What are the best home improvements for fall?

Fall is the season for posting apple-picking photos on Instagram, enjoying pumpkin spice–flavored everything, and spending weekends enjoying the autumn scenery. Just peek out your window —whether you live in Boston, MA, or own a piece of Atlanta, GA, real estate — the cooler temps and changing leaves are hard to resist. While beautiful, fall is also the perfect time for rolling up our sleeves and tackling those home improvement projects we put off during the summer.

Fall Home Tips“Enjoying the weather can put you in a great state of mind and allow you to focus on the task at hand — and do it well. Beyond that, most building materials are at their best when they are installed at moderate temps,” says Phil Eby of Eby Exteriors in Akron, PA. Plus, contractors typically have fewer projects during the fall, so you’re more likely to find help quickly if you don’t want to go the DIY route. Especially if you plan on listing your home in the spring (or anytime within the next year), you’ll want to prioritize the best home improvements for resale.

 

To figure out what’s worth your time and budget, we asked real estate agents and other professionals for their expert opinions. Here’s what they had to say:
1. Paint the front door ROI: 80% to 140%
Hands down, the easiest exterior project is also the one that reaps the biggest rewards. A freshly painted front door helps your home stand out from the block, and it can be finished in less than an afternoon. Fall is usually the perfect time for this activity; just pick that afternoon wisely. “Normally, exterior painting should be done at a time when the temps are at least 50 degrees or so and aren’t dipping below the 40s at night. This allows the paint to adhere properly and prevents it from freezing before it is fully dry,” Eby says.
2. Refresh (or repair) the deck ROI: 80% to 120%
A deck is only as good as its condition. If the wood is splintering, the finish faded, or the rails shaky, call in the experts. “A buyer who sees a dirty deck that’s in disrepair may sour their feelings about your house, and even if they still want to buy your home, they will certainly use it as a negotiating point,” says Eby. Even if you have to outright replace the deck, it’s worth the expense. (Just remember to get a permit!)
3. Enhance the exterior ROI: 60% to 100%
If your exterior paint job is in decent shape, a few touch-ups could suffice. But for those with chipping paint or a 1970s color scheme? Call the pros immediately. “The last thing you want is to scare buyers away before they even get inside,” says Than Merrill, former host of A&E’s Flip This House and CEO of FortuneBuilders. On average, you’ll spend $1,000 to $3,000 (for a 500- to 1,500-square-foot single-story home), but he estimates that the investment in curb appeal can help properties sell for up to 10% more than others on the block. Just stick to neutrals: This isn’t the time to try out a statement color.
4. Replace or repair your roof ROI: 50% to 110%
“The peace of mind offered by a functionally sound roof is invaluable to its respective occupants and is weighed heavily by those intent on making a purchase,” Merrill says. A new roof can be basic or with details that enhance curb appeal, but its main value comes from instilling confidence in a prospective buyer. This holds true for repairing leaks and for cosmetic damage, which buyers often use to negotiate a lower price.
5. Power-wash the exterior ROI: 40% to 110%
The ROI for this project can vary based on just how dirty your home was before the wash. If the home was merely a little dirty, the ROI may not be as great as it is for one that will look almost new after the wash. If your home falls into the latter category, it can be worth it to hire a pro. “The ROI could be 100% or more, even if done by a pro for $1,000 or more,” Eby says. If you decide to go DIY, Eby cautions to take care to avoid spraying water in a direction that’ll force it behind siding or under shingles.
6. Window replacement ROI: 50% to 80%
Windows can be hit-or-miss investments, mainly because they are expensive to replace and almost invisible to buyers. “It’s been my experience that unless the windows are damaged or so poorly insulated that your utility bills are sky-high, most buyers don’t consider windows to be a major deciding factor,” says Wingfield.
7. Update your HVAC ROI: 20% to 50%
This project ranks as one with the lowest payoff, simply because current buyers have come to expect all homes have central air. An upgrade isn’t a selling point unless the system was old to begin with. “If your existing system has been in place for more than 10 to 15 years, it’s likely that you’ll soon need a new one. It becomes an area that a potential buyer will most likely use to negotiate a lower price,” Eby says. Even then, you might have to show proof of gains in efficiency to recoup your costs.
8. Clean the gutters ROI: Priceless
Here, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. “While you may need to wait for inclement weather to realize your return on investment, a mere 30 minutes of routine rain gutter maintenance could prevent thousands of dollars in damage to the foundation of a home,” Merrill says. If you outsource this chore, expect to pay $3 to $9 per foot.

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Nightlife in Grand Junction

If you thought Grand Junction, CO closed when the sun went down, you were wrong. They have some great forms of nightlife that you can enjoy, including two of the most popular spots in the area that you’ll see listed right here.

Charlie Dwellingtons

Here’s a great local pub that has personality and flavor written all over it. They have a variety of events, including happy hour seven days a week from 4PM to 7PM. It’s located right in the downtown area, and it offers a large patio, as well as pool, dart tournaments and leagues, dancing, a DJ on Thursdays, and a digital jukebox that has all sorts of music. It’s a fun place to be, and is easily one of the best night spots in the city. They also happen to have some great pub food in case you are a bit hungry.

The Quincy Bar

If you enjoy the thought of Karaoke, then this could be a great place to visit on Mondays and Wednesdays, when they offer it from 10 to close. They also offer live music on Fridays and Saturdays. They don’t charge a cover fee, and they have happy hour from 5PM to 7PM each day, and additionally from 10PM to Midnight on Sunday through Thursday. During that time, you can get $1.25 beers and $2.75 wells.

Of course, you don’t have to go into one of the lounges or bars to have a great time. You could head out to see a movie, or you could just have a few friends over to hang out in the backyard for a barbecue. You might even want to take a drive a short ways out of town to see just how clear and beautiful the night sky looks. Find your own version of what constitutes great nightlife and enjoy!

Resources: http://www.quincybar.com/4901.html

http://www.charliedwellingtons.com/