Tips to prevent dog attacks on postmen and women

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Tips to prevent dog attacks on postmen and women

Royal Mail’s postmen and women deliver six days a week to more than 29 million addresses and dog attacks are a significant hazard.   Dog attacks rise over the school holiday period and especially in the summer months when parents and children are at home together.

Sometimes dogs are allowed unsupervised in the garden or out onto the streets without restraints.

Since 2011, there have been over 5,500 attacks on Royal Mail postmen and women, some leading to a permanent disabling injury.

Attacks have resulted in the loss of 4,100 working days due to injuries.

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A Royal Mail spoeksman said: “Over 2,400 postmen and women were attacked across the UK by dogs from April 2012 to April 2013. While the number of attacks has fallen by 24 per cent nationally since 2011, it still remains unacceptably high and we are committed to driving this down further.”

Even the most lovable dog can be a danger to postal staff. Dogs are territorial by nature and if they feel they need to protect their family, they can become unpredictable.

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Tips for dog owners

•Ensure your dog is out of the way before the postman or woman arrives.

Place your pet in the back garden or a faraway room.

•If you have a back garden, please close off the access, in case your dog could get round to the front when the postman calls.

•Dog attacks can happen when you’ve opened the door to sign for an item. Please keep your dog in another room before answering the door and make sure children don’t open the door, as dogs can push by them and attack.

•Give your dog some food or a toy to occupy them while your mail is being delivered.

•Wait 10 minutes after your mail has arrived to let your pet back into your hallway. Keep everything as calm and low-key as possible.

•If your dog likes to attack your mail consider installing a wire letter receptacle. It will protect your post, and your postman’s fingers.

•If it’s not practical for you to keep your dog away from a postman delivering your mail, please consider fitting a secure mailbox on the edge of your property.
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