Sitting beside a fire pit, enjoying a drink, roasting marshmallows, or just listening to the crackle of the wood can be some of the most enjoyable and memorable moments of the summer. Fire pits are a great outdoor accessory, but they do require an amount of safety to operate. A fire pit should be at least 10 feet away from any structure or combustible surface. Unless the owner's manual says it's ok, do not put a fire pit on grass, a wood deck or in an enclosed deck/porch.
When it comes time to light the fire, be sure to always burn dry, seasoned wood that was cut at least six months earlier. In order to prevent sparks, keeps logs no longer than three-quarters of the pit's diameter. When starting the fire, don't use gasoline, lighter fluid or kerosene as these are not meant for fire pits! Use a fire starter or newspaper and kindling.
Do not light a fire in windy conditions, and it's important to remember to stay up-to-date with burn bans or burn ordinances in your area. If the pit is located in an area near trees or bushes, pick up any leaves or combustible material from around the pit before starting your fire. Keep a bucket of sand, a fire extinguisher or a garden hose nearby in case things get out of control.
Homes Sales are down in Massachusetts in May 2015~
May 2015 Housing Report
Natick, MA - June 23, 2015 - The consistent spring weather helped to propel the New England housing market forward in May. Month-over-month, home sales were up 29.2% over April's numbers, and year-over-year, home sales increased by 0.5% in the region with 14,960 recorded sales.
Across New England, median prices were on the incline in every state in the region, except Massachusetts, showing modest price appreciation over May 2014's figures. On average, home prices rose 3.4% year-over-year. Most notably, Rhode Island experienced an 8.3% increase over May 2014's numbers and 13.8% increase month-over-month. Pending sales were also up 15.2% year-over-year and 12.6% over April 2015's numbers.
"Warm, sunny days are certainly doing wonders for the region's housing market with homes staying on the market two weeks less than in April," said Dan Breault, EVP/Regional Director of RE/MAX INTEGRA, New England. "We're seeing heightened consumer demand reflected by strong growth in pending sales."
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