The United States Postal Service is asking customers to keep snow and ice cleared from their sidewalks, stairs and mailboxes.
“Winter storms make mail delivery very challenging for our carriers,” said USPS spokeswoman on Darla Swanson. “Clearing a path to your mailbox will go a long way toward keeping our carriers safe and maintaining consistent delivery service.”
Customers who receive door mail delivery should make sure that sidewalks and steps are clear of snow and ice. Folks who get rural, curbside or centralized mailbox delivery should also make sure that there's a clear pathway to their mailbox.
Postal carriers will continue to do their best to deliver the mail, according to Swanson, but when mailboxes and approaches to mailboxes are buried in snow and ice it can make it difficult for carriers to make deliveries safely.
If mailboxes are blocked off and conditions are too difficult, postal carriers must consider safety and accessibility first. They are instructed to refrain from delivering to locations they deem too hazardous, according to a news release.
“We greatly appreciate the support of our customers in this effort,” said Swanson. “Your carrier will thank you.”