The Postal Service in an effort to ensure the safety of delivery personnel, is asking dog owners to keep their animals secured when deliveries are being made. According to PBS, thousands of mail carriers are bitten each year in the U.S.
Here are some tips:
When a carrier delivers mail or packages, dog owners should put animals in a separate room and close that door before opening the front door. Dogs have been known to burst through screen doors or plate glass windows to attack visitors.
Parents should remind children and other family members not to take mail directly from carriers in the presence of the family pet. The dog may view the carrier handing mail to a family member as a threatening gesture.
If a carrier feels threatened by a dog, or if a dog is loose or unleashed, the owner may be asked to pick up mail at a Post Office or other facility until the carrier is assured that the pet has been restrained. If the dog is roaming the neighborhood, the pet owner’s neighbors also may be asked to pick up their mail at the area’s Post Office.
One bite is one too many, officials say. The Postal Service has a short video on dog bite prevention available on its YouTube site.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations, according to a press release from the agency.