standing mail carriers in snow

A postal worker pushes his mail cart through the driving snow on his way to load his truck during a 2016 storm. Sun file photo

The U.S. Postal Service is reminding customers to provide a clear path for mail delivery after snowstorms. Letter carriers are often on the street even as snow is falling, and preventing a slip or bad fall can be as easy as putting down salt or sand on slippery surfaces.

Letter carriers cannot make door or curb deliveries when the approach to the mailbox is hazardous. They are not allowed to attempt door delivery when there is a heavy buildup of snow and ice on sidewalks, steps or porches, the Postal Service said. After a freeze, when the snow melts, a quick freeze can make a cleared sidewalk or driveway even slicker.  That’s why sand or salt is recommended after a storm is over. 

For residences with roadside mail delivery, snow should be cleared to the curb for at least 6 feet on both sides of the mailbox so the carrier may approach and leave without backing up or exiting a vehicle.

The Postal Service also said that anyone, including letter carriers, is entitled to sue for injuries suffered on uncleaned paths.

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