The CDC reports that “dogs bite 4.5 million people” annually. And one particular group of people faces the threat of dog attacks on a daily basis; letter carriers. Each year, nearly 6,000 letter carriers will be victims of dog attacks.
Dogs are territorial and protective in nature, so they can often perceive letter carriers to be a threat to the home or family. For this reason, and because USPS cares about protecting its own family, we want to remind owners to consider these preventive measures – to ensure the safety of their letter carrier – and their dog.
~ If a letter carrier delivers mail or packages to your front door, place your dog in a separate room and close that door before opening the front door.
~ When possible, restrain your dog with a leash to establish a safe and secure distance from the letter carrier.
~ When your children are at home with your dog, remind them not to take mail or packages directly from the letter carrier. It is safer for the letter carrier if one of the parents receives the mail or package instead.
Following these tips will ensure reliable and safe delivery and pickup of your mail and packages. Follow the #preventdogbites to learn more information and to join the conversation about dog bite awareness and safety.