Safe mail delivery alert: Public asked to clear snow and ice around mailbox area for letter carriers

January 11, 2011 

Mail carrier in snow

DENVER, CO – Winter storms and along with them the cold, snow and icy conditions can make delivery of your mail very challenging for postal letter carriers.

Support your postal letter carrier in providing safe and timely delivery of your mail.

Following snowstorms and bad weather, please always clear a safe path to your mailbox. 

Postal residential and business customers are asked to clear your mailbox area of snow, sleet, slush, ice and debris, in addition to clearing nearby sidewalks, steps and porches.

If possible, do not park your vehicles in front of your mailbox. Combined with the snowy and icy conditions, this can make it very difficult for your letter carrier to access and deliver to your mailbox.

If mailboxes are blocked off and conditions are too difficult, letter carriers must always consider safety and accessibility first.  Letter carriers are instructed to not deliver to mailboxes and locations which are too hazardous or difficult to access.

Whether you have a street-side, centralized neighborhood/cluster unit, house, or door mailbox, postal letter carriers need to have clear and safe access to deliver your mail. 

Your local Post Office and letter carriers greatly appreciate the public’s support.

Media note: Local media wishing to do stories/get photos/video footage of letter carriers delivering in the snow, cold and tough winter weather conditions can contact their local postmaster or Post Office.

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