FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP - As the holiday season nears, fire officials in Freehold Township are urging everyone to keep fire safety in mind.

Freehold Township Independent Fire Company Assistant Chief Bryan Zuccarelli says overloading electrical outlets around the holidays is a common cause of fires.

The U.S. Fire Administration offers these tips on holiday fire safety:

Holiday Light and Tree Safety Tips

Cooking Fire Safety Tips

Home Heating and Fire Safety Tips

Officials also suggest talking to your kids about fire safety and making an emergency plan.