With more winter weather predicted, the U.S. Postal service is asking customers to clear snow and ice from sidewalks, stairs and mailboxes to help local letter carriers deliver mail during inclement weather.
Last week, during and following the 10-inch snowfall that fell on Mexico, postal officials said Mexico mail carriers delivered everything they could possibly deliver, except in areas where the snow was too high or the mailboxes were unreachable.
"Snow and ice make delivery dangerous," said Postal Service Safety Manager Robert Spirk. "Maintaining a clear path to the mail box – including steps, porches, walkways and street approach – will help letter carriers maintain consistent delivery service."
Spirk said customers receiving door delivery should make sure their sidewalks, steps and porches are clear. Those receiving curbside delivery should remove snow piles left by snow plows to keep access to their mailboxes clear for letter carriers.
Delivery service may be delayed or curtailed whenever streets or walkways present hazardous conditions for letter carriers or when snow is plowed against mailboxes.
"The Postal Service curtails delivery only after careful consideration, and only as a last resort," said postal spokesperson Valerie Welsch. "Any curtailed mail is attempted the next delivery day." Blue collection boxes also need to be kept clear for our customers to deposit their mail and for the postal service to collect the mail for delivery. Residents and businesses with collection boxes near their property are asked to keep them clear of snow and ice.
"We want our letter carriers to be safe," said Spirk said. "We can only do this with the help of our customers."