"Snow and ice in front of mailboxes play havoc with mail delivery," Postal Service spokesperson Kim Yates said. "Your help in maintaining a clear path to the mailbox -- including steps, porches, walkways and street approach -- greatly help us maintain consistent delivery service."
According to Yates, 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 U.S. Postal Service curtails delivery only after careful consideration and only as a last resort. Any curtailed mail is attempted the next delivery day. "We certainly don't want to inconvenience our customers," Yates said, "but we must ensure the safety of our employees."
* Customers are asked to clear enough snow from curbside boxes to allow mail trucks to approach the box, deliver the mail, and drive away from the box without danger or the need for backing.
* Walkways should be cleared of snow and ice and allow enough traction to avoid slips, trips or falls.
* Steps and porches should also be kept clear of ice and snow to prevent injury to letter carriers and others who visit the customer's home.
"Please help our employees provide the best service they can, as safely as possible," Yates said. "Your cooperation is very much appreciated and will help us provide timely delivery of your mail."