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May 17-23 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week




The sun is out. The temperatures are rising. At last the screened doors and windows can let in the fresh air. Spring is finally here!

As you enjoy the great weather, however, please give some thought to hazards that come with the season, and take steps to protect the safety of your family, your friends, and your postal employees.

May 17-23 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week. Dogs like the spring weather, too. Cooped up all winter, they want to play, now that it’s pretty outside. But dogs can present a hazard. Last year, more than 3,100 letter carriers were attacked while on the job delivering the nation’s mail. And that number pales in comparison to the more than four million Americans — most of whom are under the age of 13 — bitten by dogs all across the country.

What can you do to ensure that your dog doesn’t injure someone? First, be sure that your pet is always properly restrained. Make sure your fences are secure and locks are in place. Make sure that your children understand that your dog should not be allowed out, except while on a leash controlled by a responsible family member. And make sure they know how to keep themselves safe around animals, because even your neighbor’s usually friendly dog might bite.

Bees, wasps and hornets like warm weather, too. They often make nests in cozy places, such as mail receptacles, porch overhangs, and flower beds. Thousands of people are allergic, making a bee sting a potential life-threatening event.

What can you do to stop bee stings? Periodically check your mailbox, the eaves and overhangs of your house, and your flower beds, and remove any insect nests promptly.

Help protect your letter carrier and have a wonderful and safe spring.


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