Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 9/10/2018

Many homeowners are unaware that the most common causes of house fires are cooking related. According to data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking fires cause 46% of house fires and 44% of household injuries.

You arenít alone if you think those numbers are shockingly high. However, most of us are never taught cooking safety techniques. In this article, weíre going to give you some tips to protect you and your family from the most common and some lesser known causes of kitchen fires. 

Cooking fire statistics 

Knowing the most common causes of cooking fires is a great way to understand just how dangerous certain types of cooking really are. The NFPA reports that frying is the most dangerous type of cooking. Two-thirds of cooking fires were the result of the ignition of food and cooking materials.

In terms of equipment, the range or cooktop is the most dangerous part of the kitchen, causing over 60% of fires. However, much of the time the cause comes down to leaving your equipment unattended.

Cooking safely

One of the most important things you can do to reduce the risk of house fires is to stay in the kitchen while youíre cooking. Unattended ranges, stovetops, and ovens can be particularly deadly since they can happen as a result of someone dozing off while watching television, or someone forgetting they left a burner on after they go to sleep.

A good way to monitor your cooking is to always use a timer, even if you donít necessarily need one for the cooking that youíre doing. Also, be sure that your smoke detectors are working and that you have a functional fire extinguisher in your home. Make sure your family knows what to do if they encounter a fire.

Before you turn on your burners before frying, make sure there is nothing around your oven that can catch fire. A food container, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper towels, or curtains could all potentially catch fire if they come in close contact with a burner.

Clothing is also a leading cause of kitchen fires that turn fatal. Make sure sleeves and other pieces of clothing arenít near any burners or open flames.

In case of fire

If you encounter a large cooking fire that is spreading throughout, the best thing to do is to immediately gather your family and get out of the house, avoiding the kitchen entirely. Call 9-1-1 as soon as you are safely outside and donít re-enter the house under any circumstances.

For small grease fires, smother the fire with a lid and turn off the burner immediately.

Understanding cooking fires

Most fire requires oxygen to burn and spread. If there is a small fire in your kitchen, using a soaked towel or a pan lid to smother it will suffice.

However, grease fires work differently. Never put water on a grease fire, this can cause the fire to spread very quickly. Rather, use a lid to put out the fire if it is small enough to get near. You can also throw baking soda, or use a fire extinguisher on a small grease fire.




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Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 9/7/2018

This Single-Family in Lexington, MA recently sold for $917,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Mary-Lou McDonough - Barrett Sotheby's International Realty.


5 Holton Road, Lexington, MA 02421

Single-Family

$895,000
Price
$917,000
Sale Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
3
Baths
Enjoy easy one level living in this wonderfully updated four bedroom Ranch. The living room - with vaulted ceiling, fireplace, bay window and beautiful hardwood floors - is perfect for entertaining large gatherings. A glass pocket door leads you into the family room with views of lush gardens and has a slider providing access to the rear deck. Sunny dining room with skylights and a wall of windows also has access to the deck and patio beyond for convenient entertaining. Great natural light streams into the eat-in kitchen with cherry cabinets, beautiful new quartz counters and island, and coordinating tiled backsplash. The master bedroom suite with vaulted ceiling has a walk-in closet and full bath with whirlpool tub, granite vanity and a separate tiled shower. The roof and brick patio were installed in 2010. The exterior of the home was painted last year and the entire interior is freshly painted. Conveniently located with easy access to commuter routes. A lovely property to call home.

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Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 9/3/2018

If you are thinking of buying a home in the near future, thereís one three-digit number that could be oh so important to you. That number is your credit score. Read on to find out how a credit score can affect you and the steps you can take to be sure that your credit is in good standing when you head to apply for a mortgage. 


What Is A Credit Score?


Your credit score is checked by lenders of all kinds. Every time you apply for a loan or a credit card, thereís a good chance that your credit score is being pulled to see if you qualify for the loan. Your credit score is calculated based on the information on your credit report. This information includes:


Payment history

Debt-to-credit ratio

Length of credit history

New credit accounts opened


The areas with the most impact on your score is your payment history and your debt-to-credit ratio. This means that on-time payments are super important. You also donít want to get anywhere close to maxing out your credit cards or loan amounts to keep your score up. 


Whatís A Good Score?


If youíre aiming for the perfect credit score, itís 850. Most consumers wonít reach that state of perfection. Thatís, OK because you donít have to be perfect to buy a house. If your score is 740 and above, know that youíre in great shape to get a mortgage. Even if your score is below 740 but around 700 or above, youíll be able to get a good interest rate on your mortgage. Most lenders typically look for a score of 620 and above. Keep in mind that the higher your credit score the better your interest rate will be.    



What If You Lack Credit History?


Most people should get a credit card around age 20 in order to begin building credit. You can still qualify for a mortgage without a credit history, but it will be considerably harder. Lenders may look at things like your rent payments or car payments. Lenders want to know that youíre a responsible person to lend to. 


What If Your Score Needs Help?


It doesnít mean youíre a hopeless case if you lack good credit. Everything from errors on your credit report to missed payments can be fixed. The most important thing that you can do if youíre buying a home in the near future is to be mindful of your credit. Keep an eye on your credit report and continue to make timely payments. With a bit of focus, youíll be well on your way to securing a mortgage for the home of your dreams.        






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Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 8/31/2018

This Single-Family in Lexington, MA recently sold for $795,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Mary-Lou McDonough - Barrett Sotheby's International Realty.


44 Bow Street, Lexington, MA 02420

Single-Family

$788,000
Price
$795,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Inviting Hip Roof Colonial offers sunny open-concept formal living and dining room with charming bow window and period built-in china cabinet. A warm and inviting family room is just steps off the kitchen and provides access to the private fenced yard with raised flower bed and space to play. The entire interior and exterior of the home has been freshly painted a soft, tranquil palette of beautiful colors. 2017 Navien gas heating system, newer windows, hardwood floors, high ceilings on both levels and decorative stain glass window are a few of the home's highlights. Sited on a corner lot with the driveway and garage located on Fottler Avenue which is a dead-end street. Enjoy the outdoors as you're surrounded by the Minuteman Bike Path, Great Meadows, Arlington reservoir and Rindge Park. Walk to Trader Joe's in less than 10 minutes. Steps to public transportation. Close to Rte 2. Be all settled in this summer and start enjoying all the wonderful amenities in historic Lexington.

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Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 8/27/2018

This Single-Family in Lexington, MA recently sold for $2,000,000. This Colonial,Contemporary style home was sold by Mary-Lou McDonough - Barrett Sotheby's International Realty.


17 Tower Road, Lexington, MA 02421

Single-Family

$2,200,000
Price
$2,000,000
Sale Price

16
Rooms
6
Beds
5/1
Full/Half Baths
Spectacular Colonial with a contemporary flair beautifully sited on a half acre plus lot offers four gracious levels of living. Well proportioned rooms and custom architectural details include oversized windows, paneled walls, oak flooring with mahogany inlays, tray ceilings and more. The heart of the home is the open-concept chef's kitchen with center island, spacious casual dining area, and impressive cathedral family room--all oriented to capture beautiful views of the lush well-established gardens, expansive patio and waterfall. Handsome library/home office offers a wall of cherry built-ins and triple windows allowing the sun to cast a warm glow. Stunning master bedroom and spa bath with Jacuzzi tub and separate steam shower with bench seat. The finished third floor is the perfect spot for a nanny or extended stay guests, while the lower level provides space for a media room and playroom with plush new wall-to-wall carpeting. Located in Lexington's coveted Follen Hill neighborhood.

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