Postal service wants to stamp out dog bites
Once again, the U.S. Postal Service — 2,863 of whose letter carriers were bitten last year — is launching its annual dog bite prevention campaign.
And that’s just part of a larger effort aimed at reducing the 4.7 million dog bites that occur each year, mostly with youngsters as the victims.
Half of all U.S. children will be bitten by a dog by the time they’re high school seniors, says pediatrician Alison Tothy, chairwoman of the committee on injury and poison prevention of the American Academy of Pediatrics Illinois chapter.
The academy, postal service, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and several other groups have joined in the National Dog Bite Prevention Week (May 16 – 22) campaign, according to UPI.
Here are the tips the Postal Service provides on avoiding dog bites.
— Don’t run past a dog. The dog’s natural instinct is to chase and catch prey.
— If a dog threatens you, don’t scream. Avoid eye contact. Try to remain motionless until the dog leaves, then back away slowly until the dog is out of sight.
— Don’t approach a strange dog, especially one that’s tethered or confined.
— If you believe a dog is about to attack, try to place something between yourself and the dog, such as a backpack or a bicycle.
Dog owners, meanwhile, are encouraged to keep dogs inside and away from the door when the postal carrier comes, and to not let children take mail from the carrier in the presence of a dog.
(Photo: Minnesota Historical Society)
Posted by John Woestendiek May 17th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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