Feb. 23, 2023
Keep Letter Carriers safe as they deliver mail
With major snow accumulations covering the region, along with prolonged frigid temperatures, one tool is expected to make its return at homes and businesses – the shovel.
To help letter carriers deliver mail, the Postal Service is asking customers to clear snow and ice from sidewalks, stairs, and mailboxes, both on the house and at the curbside.
Snow and ice make delivery dangerous and slow. Maintaining a clear path to the mailbox – including steps, porches, walkways, and street approach – will help letter carriers maintain consistent delivery service.
Delivery service may be delayed or curtailed whenever streets or walkways present hazardous conditions for letter carriers or when snow is plowed against mailboxes.
Please help us by clearing a pathway large enough to allow our vehicles access to the mailbox and to drive away, safely. Customers receiving curbside delivery should remove snow piles left by snowplows to keep access to their mailboxes clear for letter carriers
Customers receiving door delivery should make sure their sidewalks, steps and porches are clear.
The Postal Service curtails delivery only after careful consideration, and only as a last resort. 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.
One of the goals of Delivering for America, the Postal Service’s 10-year plan for achieving financial sustainability and service excellence, is the commitment to safety as a core value throughout the organization and its employees.
The Postal Service generally receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products, and services to fund its operations.