Help keep letter carriers safe, clear snow and ice

GRAND RAPIDS — With more snow expected to blanket the region during the next couple days, one seasonal tool is expected to make its return at homes and businesses – the shovel.

To help letter carriers deliver mail for the holidays, the United States Postal Service is asking customers to clear snow and ice from sidewalks, stairs and mailboxes.

“Snow and ice make delivery dangerous and slow,” said Chuck Howe, manager, Greater Michigan District.  “Maintaining a clear path to the mail box will help letter carriers maintain consistent delivery service.”

Customers receiving door delivery should make sure their sidewalks, steps and porches are clear. Customers receiving curbside delivery should remove snow piles left by snow plows to keep access to their 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 Howe. “Any curtailed mail is attempted the next delivery day.”

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

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