Letter to the Editor: Keep letter carriers safe as they deliver mail to your address

Friday, March 1, 2013

The arrival of winter weather can make mail delivery hazardous for Marshall postal employees.

To help letter and rural carriers deliver mail in the aftermath of these recent snow storms, the Postal Service asks customers to clear snow and ice from sidewalks, stairs and mailboxes.

Snow and ice make delivery dangerous. Maintaining a clear path to the mail box -- including steps, porches, walkways and street approach -- will help letter carriers maintain consistent delivery service.

Customers receiving door delivery should make sure their sidewalks, steps and porches are clear. Customers receiving curbside delivery should remove snow piles left by snow plows to keep access to their mailboxes clear for letter carriers.

Delivery service may be delayed or curtailed whenever streets or walkways present hazardous conditions for letter carriers or when snow is plowed against mailboxes.

The Postal Service curtails delivery only after careful consideration, and only as a last resort. Any curtailed mail is attempted the next delivery day.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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