USPS asking residents to clear path, mailboxes from snow and ice

(Photo supplied/United States Postal Service)

As we get even closer to the holiday, it looks like the freeze is on throughout Indiana. This means snow and icy conditions in neighborhoods with the likelihood of an increase in weather-related accidents for carriers and customers. With that, the U.S. Postal Service is asking for help keeping letter carriers safe from slips, trips or falls.

The U.S.P.S. says mounds of snow and patches of ice in front of mailboxes create havoc for carriers trying to safely affect mail delivery. They ask that all residents maintain a clear path to the mailbox — including steps, porches, walkways and approach from the street — and help postal carriers provide timely delivery of those holiday packages, cards and letters

They also ask that residents who receive curbside mail delivery to keep the approach to and from the mailbox clear of snow, or any other obstacles such as trash cans and other vehicles.  The carrier needs to be able to delivery mail safely without leaving the vehicle or backing up.

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