Utah Post Offices ask public for help in clearing snow and ice from around mailboxes for letter carriers’ safety

Posted at 4:19 PM, Dec 28, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-28 18:19:11-05

The following is a press release from the United States Postal Service.

Utah Post Offices remind postal customers to always clear and maintain a safe, accessible path to your mailbox as soon as possible after it snows.

“Winter storms make mail delivery very challenging for our letter carriers,” said USPS District Manager Ken McArthur. “Clearing a path to your mailbox will go a long way toward keeping our letter carriers safe and ensuring mail delivery each day.”

Postal customers who receive door mail delivery should ensure their sidewalks, steps, and access ways are kept safely clear of snow and ice. Customers receiving street-side mailbox or centralized cluster neighborhood mailbox delivery should also pay special attention to having a safe and clear pathway to their mailbox.

Utah letter carriers, who each make an average of more than 600 deliveries daily, will continue to do their best to deliver the mail, according to McArthur, but when mailboxes and approaches to mailboxes are buried in snow and ice it can make it difficult for letter carriers to make deliveries safely.

If mailboxes are blocked off and conditions are too difficult, letter carriers must consider safety and accessibility first. They are instructed to refrain from delivering to locations they deem too hazardous.

“We greatly appreciate the support of our customers in this effort,” said McArthur. “Your carrier will thank you.”