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After big storm, it's time to clear snow from mailboxes and fire hydrants

Help mail carriers and firefighter do their jobs
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Posted at 1:33 PM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-04 15:33:56-05

SALT LAKE CITY — After Monday's big snow storm, residents are being asked to clear the snow from around fire hydrants as well as mailboxes and walkways.

Utah post offices are asking customers to clear snow and ice from around mailboxes and walkways as soon as possible after it snows.

Every year, several mail carriers are injured from slipping on snow and ice.

“We want our carriers to return home healthy each night,” said Salt Lake Postmaster Steve Chaus. “Keeping a path clear to your mailbox will go a long way toward keeping our carriers safe and ensuring mail delivery each day.”

Residents are also being asked to clear the snow and ice from any nearby fire hydrants.

In a Facebook post, the Unified Fire Authority said the snow and ice should be cleared by at least three feet on all side of the hydrant.

That will give firefighters access to the hydrants and speed up the process of putting out a fire in the event of an emergency.