USPS Asks Customer to Clear Snow and Ice from Pathways and Mailboxes

(UNDATED) – As Hoosiers experience, some of the coldest temperatures we have seen for a while, the Postal Service asks customers to please clear snow and ice from pathways and mailboxes.

The snow and icy conditions increases the likelihood of weather-related accidents for carriers and customers.

When walking and driving conditions are icy, both drivers and pedestrians are at risk. The USPS 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 deliver mail. Officials are asking that residents maintain a clear path to the mailbox – including steps, porches, walkways, and approaches from the street – and help carriers provide timely delivery of packages, cards, and letters.

Officials ask 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 deliver your mail safely without leaving the vehicle or backing up.

Officials thank you for your help in keeping mail carriers safe.