‘Tis the Season for Safety!

"Santa" Orbe TMC Crime Prevention K9

“Santa” Orbe
TMC Crime Prevention K9

Don’t let holiday happiness be marred by holiday hazards!  The TMC Security Team offers this information to help you and your family have a happy, healthy and SAFE holiday season.

At home
▪  Your Christmas tree could be thirsty!  Make sure it’s well hydrated to avoid becoming a holiday fire hazard.  A 6-foot tree will use about one gallon of water every two days.
▪  Keep in mind – trees cut early in the season run a greater risk of drying up before the holidays are over, making them more dangerous if they are decorated with lights.  When your tree dries up, don’t waste any time getting it out of the house.
▪  Be aware that sometimes criminals will pose as couriers delivering gifts to case your home, or commit a crime immediately.
▪  Be cautious that scammers may take advantage of people’s generosity during the holidays.
▪  When you leave your home for extended holiday travel, have a neighbor or friend keep an eye on your house while you’re away, including collecting mail and newspapers while you’re gone. 
▪  It’s never a good idea to post your upcoming holiday travel plans on social media, as it’s an open invite to burglars!
▪  Avoid having large displays of gifts visible from windows and doors.

Stay safe while staying warm
▪  If you use portable heaters, make sure they have an automatic safety shut-off switch and never leave them unattended in a room with children.
▪  Install smoke detectors on every level of your house, and test them monthly.  Replace batteries at least yearly.
▪  If any appliances or heating devices in your home produce carbon monoxide, install detectors in your home.  Make sure they are tested regularly and properly maintained.

Out and about
▪  Don’t leave gifts or other valuables in plain sight in your vehicle.
▪  You’re more likely to become the victim of a crime at night, or while you’re alone.  Try to do your shopping during daylight hours, but if you are out after dark, don’t hesitate to ask for a security guard to walk you to your car.
▪  Take a few minutes and photocopy the important items in your wallet, including your driver’s license, credit cards, etc.  Keep these documents in a secure place.  In the event your wallet is lost or stolen, having a record of everything will make it easier to cancel and report to police.

"Santa" Ax TMC Crime Prevention K9

“Santa” Ax
TMC Crime Prevention K9

▪  You probably already know that chocolate can be lethal to dogs, but did you know that grapes, raisins, avocados, onions, garlic, macadamia nuts and walnuts can also cause a severe reaction including lethargy, vomiting, tremors, joint stiffness and the inability to walk?
▪  Other things to keep in mind – holiday decorations can cut up the digestive tract and cause intestinal obstruction.  If chewed, live electrical cords can cause burns, difficulty breathing, seizures and cardiac arrest. 
▪  Pets may experience vomiting and diarrhea if they eat fatty trimmings and bones.  Swallowed bones can cause stomach perforation among other things! 
▪  If your pet ingests something potentially dangerous, play it safe and call your vet.  Or, the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline is (888) 426-4435.


  1. It is so nice to get an ice pack for hurt midsection.. and then be told that I am not allowed to leave. That is illegal and you will hear more about this

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