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Help Your Letter Carrier by Clearing Snow

25 February 2019   Rod Spurgeon

The snow is still slowing down and inhibiting mail delivery. You can help!

Snow accumulation throughout Arizona’s high country is creating a challenge for USPS letter carriers. That snow can cause blocked mailboxes and slippery surfaces, which can prevent delivery and cause dangerous conditions.

Letter carriers are advised to use good judgment when attempting to deliver to addresses where ice and snow are not cleared. They are instructed to refrain from delivering to locations that are inaccessible or when they deem delivery too hazardous. If we are unable to deliver your mail, we’ll hold it safely at the Post Office. Please bring ID to retrieve your mail.

Here are a few ways to help keep your carrier safe:

  • Customers are asked to clear enough snow from curbside boxes – at least six feet on both sides of the mailbox – so the carrier may approach and leave without backing his or her vehicle. 
  • Clear snow from both the front and back of cluster boxes.
  • Walkways need to be cleared so as to allow enough traction to avoid slips, trips and falls.
  • Steps – especially painted wood – must be clear of ice and snow and kept in good repair.
  • Overhangs must be cleared of snow and ice to avoid injury.

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