February 14, 2023

Postal Service Asks Customers to Help Keep Carriers Safe During Winter Storms

USPS Letter Caarrier delivering mail during inclement weather conditions.

COLORADO — With yet another winter storm moving through Colorado, the Postal Service is asking customers to help keep their letter carrier safe this winter by keeping walkways, steps and porches clear of snow and ice that can lead to dangerous falls.

Our carriers deliver the mail in all kinds of weather and the safety of our employees and the communities we serve is a top priority for the Postal Service. We plan for various weather issues throughout the year including efforts to make sure employees have the necessary tools and training to do their jobs safely. The Postal Service also makes service alerts available to consumers, small businesses and business mailers about postal facility service disruptions due to weather-related and other natural disasters or events. Customers should check the service alerts page for specific information about impacts to their mail delivery.

Also as information, customers are responsible for keeping the approach to their mailboxes clear of obstructions to allow safe access for delivery. In the case of the winter storm, that means the approach to curbside or house mounted mailboxes/slots should be cleared of ice and snow, which includes clearing steps, porches, sidewalks and street approaches. For curbside mailboxes, the customer should remove snow piles from around their mailbox to keep the mailbox access clear for letter carriers. Delivery service may be delayed or limited whenever streets or walkways present hazardous conditions for letter carriers or when snow is plowed against mailboxes. Any impacted mail delivery is attempted the next business day.  



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