Prevent Dog Bites

This past year, 5,767 postal workers were attacked by dogs. The USPS has posted guidelines for pet owners to help protect letter carriers. While these are helpful, what are letter carriers supposed to do if they are being approached by a dog that seems to be aggressive?

While dog bites are rarely fatal in the United States, they occasionally are. At the very least, they cause many postal workers to be forced to take time off due to injury. To help, we’ve provided some safety tips, including what to do if you are bitten.

 

  1. Never approach a dog you do not know. It is not advises1001152d you even approach a neighbor’s dog you do know while on your route, especially if they are not on any type of leash.
  2. If it seems that a dog is going to approach, stay still and do not make eye contact. A dog may give chase if you attempt to run. Do not appear aggressive.
  3. If you notice a dog roaming freely on someone’s property, you have the right to not deliver mail to that address due to safety. Do not risk injury if you don’t have to.
  4. If a dog attacks, put as much distance between you and the dog as possible. Protect your head and neck if possible.
  5. Consider investing in dog repellent. It is accurate up to 10’ and each can contains about 10 bursts. It is registered with the EPA. We also sell a holster for this item so you can always have it at your fingertips.

If you have been bitten:

 

  1. Perform basic first aid as soon as possible. Wash the aren1021958ba of the bite with warm water and soap. Apply some sort of bandage or wrap. It’s a good idea to keep a first aid kit in your vehicle.
  2. Call your doctor, and if the bite is serious, get to a hospital.
  3. Be sure to report the attack, giving as much information as possible.

 

Stay safe out there, letter carriers!

Dog Bite Awareness Safety Tips

According to the USPS, last year over 5,000 postal employees were attacked by dogs. These dog attacks resulted in million of dollars of insurance claims from medical expenses.

Here are some tips from The Humane Society of the United States if you are approach by an aggressive dog:

  • Do not turn your back and run away; a dog’s instinct will be to give chase.
  • Stay still, with arms at side and avoid eye contact. 
  • If dog loses interest, slowly back away until dog is out of sight.
  • If you are attacked, throw anything you have (hat, mail satchel, postal cart) at the dog and put as much distance between yourself and the dog.
  • If you fall down, curl up in a ball and protect your head and neck. Try to remain still.

If you are bitten by a dog, take these steps:

  • Wash the bite area with warm water and soap as soon as possible.
  • Call your doctor for additional care. 
  • Contact your local animal control agency to report the attack. Try to give the agency as much information as possible, including the type of dog and location of the attack.

Remember to stay safe by never approaching a dog that is unfamiliar to you. If you happen to encounter aggressive dogs on your route, another option to deter them is to carry a Dog Repellent.

Follow the postal campaign to “Stay Alert: Don’t be Fooled by ‘My Dog Won’t Bite!’”.




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