To deliver letters, posties have traditionally needed access to your letterbox. Things have changed a bit though. Everyone's shopping online now, which means more parcels are being delivered. To deliver parcels, posties often need to enter gates and approach front doors.
For that reason, we're asking everyone to please make sure their dogs are safely behind the fence. Even the friendliest or most timid dogs can hurt posties, or pose a general threat to people if they're not restrained properly.
- There are about 350 dog-related postie incidents across Australia each year. On average, that's almost one incident every day.
- The risk goes beyond bites - unrestrained dogs sometimes cause accidents by knocking posties off their motorbikes. Often they'll run in front of or under wheels. Incidents can even happen when the owners are present.
What you can do to help:
- Make sure your dog can't fit any part of its body over, under or through the fence.
- Secure your dog behind a gate or on a leash if it's outdoors, away from the letterbox.
- Keep your dog away from the front door when you're accepting a parcel delivery.