2009-11-26 / Local & State

Postal Service Asks Customers To Keep Sidewalks And Steps Clear

Don’t let the “bad weather blues” immobilize you this winter – at least not in areas where your postal letter carrier delivers mail.

Keeping the mailbox and walkways clear of snow and ice so that the letter carrier or other delivery person can safely approach the mailbox or door ensure that all receive the best service in the worst weather.

The postal service, which delivers to more than 125 million addresses six days a week, has its hands full when winter storms hit. The challenge to provide uninterrupted delivery regardless of the conditions can be accomplished with a little help from customers. Here’s what can be done to help:

If a delivery of mail to a rural mailbox is received, keep the approach and exit from that box clear of snow. Specifically, clear around the box to allow the carrier to drive up to the box, deposit mail and drive away. The postal service realizes this is not small task,but is very important to ensure safe and timely delivery for everyone on the route.

If mail is delivered at the residence, the same holds true. Keep the path to the mailbox or slot clear. Delivery personnel, meter readers, friends and family all will benefit from a safe and convenient path to the door.

Safety is a very high concern with the postal service. employees are not required to put themselves or their equipment at risk unnecessarily. When walkways or mailbox approaches are not cleared and appear unsafe, delivery can be suspended until the situation is corrected. Keep in mind you may be liable for injuries that occur on the property, especially if a safe access is not provided.

The men and women of the United States Postal Service want to deliver mail on time daily. With a little help from the people they serve, this can happen evening the worst of every winter.

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