To mark USPS National Dog Bite Awareness Week, the Postal Service is educating employees and customers about some safety features that can help reduce attacks.
The features include:
• Mobile Delivery Devices (MDDs). Letter carriers, rural carriers and others use these handheld scanners to confirm customer deliveries. MDDs have a feature that allows carriers to indicate the presence of dogs at an address. These alerts can offer a heads-up to substitute carriers who are filling in for regular carriers.
• Informed Delivery. This free feature allows users to manage their package deliveries. Customers can use it to plan when to secure their dogs ahead of a carrier’s arrival.
• Package Pickup. This free feature, available on usps.com, allows customers to schedule a pickup during their carrier’s normal delivery time. Customers can use the feature to let USPS know a dog is present at the address. A notification is then sent to the carrier’s MDD.
Employees like Hojung Lee, a Fairfax, VA, letter carrier who was once bitten by a dog, encourage customers to do their part to help create a safer delivery environment.
“Many times dog bites can be prevented if our customers are educated about dog safety. We shouldn’t have to worry about getting bit by a dog when we deliver mail,” he said.