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Safety should be a year-round concern. But with all the hustle and bustle to get ready for the holidays, it’s possible that safety isn’t the first thing that comes to mind for most of us.

For the U.S. Postal Service, safety is always a top priority. We have some tips that can not only help keep our carriers safe as they deliver your holiday gifts but you and your family as well.

Around the House

Toys, bicycles, small pieces of yard equipment, yard trimmings, the garden hose, or other items on the lawn, walkway or steps can cause a tripping hazard or serious injury. While you might be able to avoid tripping, mail carriers may have their hands full of packages and could miss seeing these items. Take a moment to make sure your yard and walkways are clear of any obstacles to make it safer for everyone.

Furry Friends

With kids home from school for winter break sometimes the doors are left open and the family dog is running loose. Dog are wonderful companions who bring joy and happiness to their families. But unfortunately, sometimes things happen, and the usually happy pup could end up biting someone.

Nearly 6,000 postal employees and a staggering 4.5 million American were attacked by dogs last year. Many attacks could potentially be avoided if dog owners would take a few extra moments of precaution.

  • If a carrier delivers mail or packages to your front door, place your dog in a separate room and close the door before opening the front door. Some dogs burst through screen doors or plate-glass windows to attack visitors. Dog owners should keep the family pet secured.
  • Parents should remind children and other family members not to take mail directly from carriers in the presence of the family pet, as the dog may view the person handing mail to a family member as a threatening gesture.
  • The Postal Service places the safety of its employees as a top priority. 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 until the carrier is assured the pet has been restrained. If a dog is roaming the neighborhood, the pet’s owner’s neighbors also may be asked to pick up their mail at the area’s Post Office.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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