The United States Postal Service (USPS) is asking customers to help mail carriers by keeping walkways and sidewalks clear from snow and ice. Postal Service carriers are continuing to make deliveries, and any assistance in keeping pathways clear will help keep them safe.
USPS says that letter carriers are instructed to use good judgment, and when warranted, to hold mail to addresses where ice and snow are not cleared.
“No one wants to inconvenience the customer,” said Western NY District Safety Manager Daniel Welch. “However, we must ensure the safety of our employees.”
The Postal Service is asking customers to help keep their letter carrier safe through the following actions:
- Clear enough snow from curbside boxes to allow mail trucks to approach the box, deliver the mail and to drive away from the box without danger of the need for backing.
- Walkways should be cleared of snow and ice and allow enough traction to avoid slips, trips or falls.
- Steps should also be kept clear of ice and snow and in good repair so as not to cause injury to the letter carriers or others who visit the customer’s home.
- Overhangs should be clear and free of snow and ice to avoid injury.