USPS Asks Customers to Please Clear Snow and Ice from Pathways

(UNDATED) – The freeze is on throughout Indiana. This means snow and icy conditions in our neighborhoods with the likelihood of an increase in weather-related accidents for mail carriers and customers.

When walking and driving conditions are icy, both drivers and pedestrians are at risk. The United States Postal Services needs your help to keep letter carriers safe from slips, trips, or falls.

“Our letter carriers are the best in the business,” said Acting Greater Indiana District Manager Christi Johnson-Kennedy. “While they are accustomed to winter weather, they still need the cooperation of homeowners to help them reduce the risk of accidents.”

Mounds of snow and patches of ice in front of mailboxes create havoc for carriers trying to safely affect mail delivery. Officials are asking that residents maintain a clear path to the mailbox — including steps, porches, walkways, and approach from the street — and help postal carriers provide timely delivery of packages, cards, and letters.

They are also asking residents who receive curbside mail delivery to keep the approach to and from the mailbox clear of snow, or any other obstacles such as trash cans and other vehicles.  The carrier needs to be able to delivery your mail safely without leaving the vehicle or backing up.