June 08, 2007 08:00 ET

Canada Post: A Chance to Make Things Safer

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - June 8, 2007) - With a two week sports lull between the end of the Stanley Cup finals and the Roughrider's preseason home game on June 22, Canada Post hopes that residents will take the opportunity to make their yards safer for their letter carrier and for themselves.

Every year, letter carriers are injured by hazards between the city sidewalk and the customer's mailbox. Many times a simple repair, like replacing a broken step or repairing a section of sidewalk could have prevented the injury.

"Making small repairs can make your yard safer for our letter carriers," according to Canada Post spokesperson Malcolm French. "It also makes your yard safer for your children, for your pets and for your neighbours and friends who come to visit."

Potential hazards in your yard include:

- decaying or crumbling sections of sidewalk;
- broken or rotting steps, decks or porches;
- unstable handrails;
- unstable, diseased or broken trees in danger of falling;
- toys, bikes or other debris on sidewalks or steps; and
- uncontrolled animals.

"A lot of us were disappointed to see the Senators lose the Stanley Cup. But it does give us two full weeks before the 'Riders start their run for the Grey Cup," French said. "I'd encourage people to take some of that time to make themselves - and our letter carriers - safer."

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