Fire Extinguishers In Your Home

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Do you have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen?  If so, what color is it? Kitchen fire extinguishers are WHITE and are a K extinguisher.  Extinguishers used in other home locations are RED, a standard ABC Multipurpose extinguisher.  This was what the Fire Fighters at the Tacoma’s Proctor Station mentioned.

Carol Goforth of Coldwell Banker Bain Proctor stopped by the station and was instructed on how to properly use a fire extinguisher. In fire fighter lingo, it is PASS: Pull the pin; Aim nozzle at fire; Squeeze the handle; Sweep side to side across the flame.

For a stove top fire, use a white fire extinguisher while standing 5 feet from the fire. Sweep only as necessary to cover the inside of the cooking vessel. Empty the entire contents of the extinguisher. Once the extinguisher has been emptied. Turn off appliance, evacuate the home and make sure the fire department has been called. Do not move or disturb extinguishing agent.

Use a red fire extinguisher on fires involving wood, paper, textile, flammable liquids or electrical equipment. Stand back from the fire and PASS the fire extinguisher.

Be sure to read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher.  Please remember that once used, replace your fire extinguisher or have it refilled.

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Broker Spotlight: Carol Goforth

Capture.PNGThe reason I chose Coldwell Banker Bain is due to the knowledge and expertise of the Principal Managing Broker as well as the agents in the office. I also hope to have more IT support than I’ve had in the past at another brokerage.

When I’m not helping my clients, I like to volunteer to support “my Tacoma”.  I am so glad I live in this town. I love the diversity of neighborhoods, the architecture, and the people.

I’ve had my real estate license for 20 years, working with buyers and sellers. The reason I chose to be a REALTOR® was because I had a background of buying and selling real estate as an investor, and I wanted to share my knowledge with others.  Since I was new to Tacoma when I earned my license, I often worked with first time home buyers and still love working with them to find their perfect first home.

Here’s something about me that has surprised even my long time friends and family: I am total “un”-athletic person but have worked out with the same trainer for almost 11 years.

Carol Goforth, REALTOR®
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Walkable Neighborhoods

walking-dog-1243310_960_720What was it in America that we lived in before World War II but then abandoned post-war for an auto-driven lifestyle and are now, increasingly and rather quietly (Shhhh) returning to in growing numbers?

We could call it a pedestrian-oriented infrastructure or we could speak English and simply say WALKABLE NEIGHBORHOODS!

It’s not a new concept by any means. It’s just something we all but abandoned in favor of Eisenhower’s federal highway system in the ‘50’s and the practice of commuting to and from work, school, shopping, you name it. Well, just how much fun has that become lately, that sitting in traffic?  No wonder there’s a growing trend toward moving back.  No wonder people want to buy in walkable communities.

C-1 PhotoTake a look around.  Increasingly there’s a demand for Tacoma’s Proctor District (Highly walkable).  The Lincoln District, look at what’s happening in that ethnic oasis!  All the new development happening on the waterfront down in the Ruston area – Walkability!  And just take a stroll down Bridgeport Way in University Place, home of the new Town Center with a Whole Foods on the North end of it and Trader Joe’s toward it’s south end.  People don’t just want to walk. They want to walk someplace interesting. How else can you account for the popularity of University Place’s miles and miles of trails in and around the Chamber’s Bay complex with its parks, world class golf course, the Playground by the Sound and a view to die for! Even with its challenging hills, Chambers Bay is mighty walkable.

Perhaps they raised their families with a quarter acre of fescue out back, Rhodys and Begonias out front. Now the need for all that dirt to maintain doesn’t seem so driving when it’s driving they have to do just to get to their source for fertilizer, mulch and Moss Out!  Increasingly, REALTORS are hearing, Give me a place where I can live affordably. I don’t need five bedrooms and a three-car but I would like to be able to walk to shopping, the library, a movie, a meal…heck, a choice of meals!

REALTORS across America are working to improve and increase such changes through Smart Growth initiatives.  You’ll find REALTORS working with state legislators, county council members and city staff, working to help homebuyers reconnect with that sense of touchable, interesting, walkable communities. How do we recapture them?  It’s in how we decide to develop and build.  REALTORS are right in the middle of that.  Not necessarily real estate licensees, real estate brokers, real estate agents but REALTORS are. Yes, there is a very real difference.  Ask any Coldwell Banker Bain Associate.  Why? Because we’re involved in our communities and their futures for our families and yours.  Wonderfully walkable and desirable communities come about through the efforts of many and right in the middle of those efforts are the REALTORS and oh, by the way, here at Coldwell Banker Bain, we are all REALTORS.

Give us a call at Coldwell Banker Bain (Tacoma 253-752-7777 or Puyallup 253-841-9100). We’ll be happy to help you find your next home in exactly the kind of community that works for you!

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Proctor: Where History and Tradition Find a Home

proctor-clockWell-maintained century-old houses shaded by tall, even older trees (come with a tire swing attached) mark the historic Proctor neighborhood, a place that just feels like home.

Named after John G. Proctor (1854-1925), a community leader who, as an architect, designed many of the homes here, the neighborhood today is the very essence of an urban village, boasting charming storefronts and local small businesses, a convenient, walkable retail core and restaurants that satisfy just about every palate. The University of Puget Sound keeps intellectual pursuits high and ensures a steady stream of cultural events. Other year-round events, including history walks, the Junior Daffodil Parade, cooking classes, art classes and more, mean there’s something for every member of the family in Proctor. Including your furry family member, who’s apt to find a doggie treat or water bowl set outside many a District business.

Unique to Proctor is the Blue Mouse Theater, one of the oldest in Washington, and the Chalet Bowl, where a game of 10 pins still provide hours of fun for young and old alike.

More than anything, though, it’s the residents themselves who make Proctor one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Tacoma. People who live here honor it, celebrate it and support the efforts to keep it’s rich character alive and well.  “It’s just one of the many reasons I choose to join Coldwell Banker Bain | Proctor,” Hollie Johnson noted.

hollie-johnson-photoShe also remarked that “After meeting so many welcoming members of the Proctor Business District Association, I knew I was going to be at home working here. These small, local, and family-owned businesses come together regularly to support each other serve their community and I am excited to participate in the cause!”

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