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Protect your family this holiday season, Belleville fire department says

By LaShaina Blair-White [1]

BELLEVILLE – The Belleville fire department [2] wants the community to be fire-free this holiday season.

“One of the main causes for fires this season is carelessness – anything from unattended cooking to Christmas-tree lights,” Corey Davis, a fire-prevention officer with the department, told QNetNews Wednesday.

Kitchens are one of the main issues, he said: “When you turn a burner on, you want to be there with it. If there are children around, you want to make sure the handles (on the pots) are turned in.”

The fire department estimates that it will receive about 50 to 60 calls this month alone, Davis said.

“Watch out for each other. Help each other. Be aware. Let them know if they are doing something they possibly shouldn’t be doing, or suggest something else they could do.”

Asked what the No. 1 tip he could pass on to others is, Davis replied: “We all have to take some type of responsibility for fire prevention, and if we do see something wrong we should speak up.”

The department has released 12 tips to help keep your family safe this holiday season. They are: