Linda DeCarlo: April 10, 2018

WHEN THE BARK IS NOT WORSE THAN THE BITE….

National Dog Bite Prevention Week is April 8-14, 2018

Linda DeCarlo

USPS, Manager of Safety

 

Dog attacks are a nationwide issue and not just a postal problem. The Postal Service, joined by the American Humane, American Veterinary Medical Association, Insurance Information Institute and State Farm Insurance, is driving home the message that dog bites are a national problem and education can resolve the issue.

 

The encouraging news is that the number of postal employees attacked by dogs nationwide reached 6,244 in 2017 — more than 500 fewer than 2016. But it is still a big problem. Today, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is showcasing technology that alerts mail carriers of potential attacks while releasing its annual list of cities where the most dog attacks were recorded. The organization also highlights safety initiatives to help protect its employees and offers tips to pet owners.

 

It is also interesting to note that half of the 4.5 million Americans bitten by dogs annually are children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

TIPS FOR PREVENTING DOG BITES:

 

  • Keep the family pet secured. Place your dog in a separate room and close that door before opening the front door to accept the mail. Dogs have been known to burst through screen doors or plate-glass windows to attack visitors.

 

  • Parents, please remind your children not to take mail directly from your letter carrier in the presence of your pet. The dog may view the letter carrier handing mail to a family member as a threat.

 

  • We place the safety of our employees as a top priority. If a letter carrier feels threatened, or if a dog is loose or unleashed, we may ask the owner to pick up their mail at a Post Office until the letter carrier is assured the pet has been restrained. If the dog is roaming the neighborhood, the owner’s neighbors also may be asked to pick up their mail at the Post Office.

 

To spread the word on social media, use word the hashtag #preventdogbites.

 

 

More About Linda DeCarlo:

 

As the U.S. Postal Service’s Manager of Safety & OSHA Compliance Programs, Linda DeCarlo is responsible for developing and implementing nationwide safety and ergonomics programs.

A staff of 375 safety professionals domiciled among 67 locations nationwide support these programs to ensure a safe and healthy workplace for nearly 615,000 employees connected by a fleet of nearly 215,000 vehicles that connect to nearly 32,000 postal facilities.

DeCarlo began working with injured federal employees in 1990. She worked with labor unions representing postal employees from 1990 through 2004, where her primary responsibility was assisting postal employees with work-related injuries and illnesses.

In 2004 DeCarlo served with the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment Standards Administration, Division of Federal Employees’ Compensation. She managed the Branch of Technical Assistance which was responsible for outreach activities and training. In this role she served as a liaison to federal agencies and Office of Workers Compensation District Offices and served as a member of the National Safety, Health and Return to Employment Office. In 2005 DeCarlo became the District Director of the National Operations Office, District 25. Her staff was responsible for the adjudication and maintenance of claims originating in Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland.

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