* December is the peak time of year for home candle fires

* Roughly two out of fire home fires start in the kitchen

* Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires

With the holiday season comes holiday entertaining. Hosting parties full of decorations, people, and cooking! Basco Security has some holiday entertaining tips to keep you, your family and your guests safe at your holiday parties:
  1. Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan
  2. Keep children and pets away from lit candles
  3. Keep matches and lighters up high in a hard to reach places
  4. Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stove top
  5. Ask smokers to smoke outside and remind them to keep their smoking materials with them so young children cannot get a hold of them
  6. Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers and wet cigarettes butts with water before discarding them.