The Postal Service is asking customers to help employees stay safe during the upcoming holiday season by eliminating some common hazards found around homes during the winter months.
“Safety is important no matter the time of year. But even the most safety-conscious person could forget simple, quick safety checks during the hustle and bustle that is the holiday season,” said Linda DeCarlo, the organization’s occupational safety and health senior director.
For instance, in addition to clearing snow and ice from walkways, customers should remove yard equipment and other items than can become tripping hazards for letter carriers who may have their hands full of packages.
Customers should place their dogs in a separate room and close that door before opening the front door for a carrier who is delivering mail or packages.
More than 5,800 postal employees were attacked by dogs last year.
The Postal Service is also asking customers to avoid sending restricted items in the mail and overpacking boxes, which are difficult for employees to carry and could burst open.
“Try to set aside a few minutes each day to look for — and correct — potential hazards in and around your home. Those few minutes could be the difference between a happy holiday or an unhappy one,” said DeCarlo.
The Postal Service’s tips were included in a news release that was issued this week.
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