The United States Postal Service is asking customers to remember to clear away snow and ice this winter. The area around mailboxes and walkways should be cleared as postal employees have suffered serious injuries related to slips, trips and falls during the winter season.
Letter carriers are instructed to hold mail to addresses where ice and snow are not cleared. However, many risk their safety in order to provide service to their customers.
Another serious winter hazard to be aware of is letter carriers walking on streets due to unclear city sidewalks. If normal delivery time is after dusk, access to the mailbox should be well lit. Also, normal melting of snow during daylight hours will freeze and form a layer of ice, which is sometimes covered by an evening snow fall.
Customers are asked to clear enough snow from curbside boxes to allow mail trucks to approach the box, deliver the mail and to drive away from it without danger or the need for backing or leaving their vehicle.
In the event of a large storm or multiple storms, a makeshift mail receptacle may be utilized. This can be a box on pole (48 inches off the ground) mounted in a 5-gallon container filled with sand (for stability) and placed roadside.