SaskPower employees hoping for a bite-free summer

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Forty eight injuries to SaskPower employees were caused by dogs between 2005 and 2008. While 48 incidents over four years may not sound like a lot, anyone who has experienced the wrath of an angry canine will tell you that even one injury is one too many.

With pets and people enjoying the warm weather, SaskPower is asking customers to keep its employees in mind when letting their dogs out for the day.

Forty eight injuries to SaskPower employees were caused by dogs between 2005 and 2008. While 48 incidents over four years may not sound like a lot, anyone who has experienced the wrath of an angry canine will tell you that even one injury is one too many.

Dog bites are one of the leading causes of injury to SaskPower employees who require access to customer residences for operational, maintenance and inspection work. A good way for customers to help out is by keeping their dogs inside and away from screen doors during the day. Also, detaining your dog while the Sask. Power employee is in your yard is the best defense against your pet causing problems while work is being done.

"Even friendly dogs may react to situations where they think their owner or the property is being threatened." says Glenda Barton, SaskPower chief safety officer. Barton adds that taking a few moments to secure or detain the dog will not only protect workers, but it will also help SaskPower employees better serve customers.

The ability to be able to get the job done properly and in a timely fashion is what the Sask. Power employees try to do and having a pet running loose can cause problems.

"Many dog owners don't realize the risk their pet imposes. When customers secure or detain their pets, it helps our employees do their jobs quickly and efficiently so they can provide prompt service and accurate billing."

If the dog needs to be outside, it should be securely leashed away from gas and power meters, electrical poles and transformer boxes. If a SaskPower employee is completing inspection work or meter reading inside a customer residence, dogs should be securely leashed outside or kept in a separate area inside the house. Another way to prevent incidents is to post signage that warns employees that a dog may be in the yard.

Organizations: SaskPower

Geographic location: Sask.

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