2013-01-31 / Lifestyles

USPS: Keep the sidewalks clear

MANISTIQUE – With winter well underway, the Postal Service is requesting that customers clear snow and ice from sidewalks, stairs and mailboxes to help letter carriers deliver mail during inclement weather.

“Snow and ice make delivery dangerous,” said Manistique Postmaster Amy Anderson. “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 sidewalks, steps and porches are clear. Customers receiving curbside delivery should remove snow piles left by snow plows to keep access to 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,” said Anderson. “Any curtailed mail is attempted the next delivery day.”

Blue collection boxes also need to be kept clear for customers to deposit mail and for the Postal Service to collect mail for delivery. Residents and businesses with collection boxes near their property are asked to keep them clear of snow and ice.

“We want our letter carriers to be safe,” said Anderson. “We can only do this with the help of our customers.”

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