Take steps to ensure mail delivery during bad weather

GRAND RAPIDS — Michigan weather can experience all four seasons within a 24 hour span. If the winter season is involved, it can impact many things including mail delivery.

The U.S. Postal Service says planning ahead and proper preparation will ensure mail delivery is not interrupted.

The Postal Service reminds customers to keep pathways, stairs, walkways and the approach to mailboxes clear and free from snow and ice. This will prevent injuries and allow postal employees to provide the best possible service, even in the worst weather.

Also, mail delivery in rural areas and on private and secondary roads can be especially challenging for rural carriers due to snow removal occurring less immediately than on primary roads.

Most carriers on these delivery routes drive their own private vehicles and often times get stuck or cannot access the mail boxes due to snow and ice buildup. Removing the snow from around these mail receptacles is appreciated.

Customers in rural areas can benefit from renting a Post Office box at their local Post Office. Post Office boxes can be rented for six or 12 month periods and provides consistent delivery, even in inclement weather.

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