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Editorial: Help ‘clear the way’ for postal workers this winter

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Don’t let the “bad weather blues” immobilize you this winter – at least not in areas where your postal letter carrier delivers your mail. 

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Keeping your mailbox and walkways clear of snow and ice so that your letter carrier or other delivery person can safely approach your mailbox or door ensures that you receive the best service, even in the worst weather.

The Postal Service, which delivers to more than 125 million addresses six days a week, has its hands full when winter storms hit.

The challenge to provide uninterrupted delivery regardless of the conditions can be accomplished with a little help from our customers.

Here’s what you can do to help:

-If you receive delivery of mail to a rural/city curbside mailbox, you can keep the approach and exit from that box clear of snow. Specifically, clear around the box and 10 feet on either side of the box to allow your carrier to drive up, deposit mail and drive away. The Postal Service realizes this is no small task, but it is very important to ensure safe and timely delivery for everyone on the route.

-If your mail is delivered at your residence, the same holds true. Keep the path to your mailbox or slot clear. Delivery personnel, meter readers, friends and family all will benefit from a safe and convenient path to your door.

Safety is a very high concern with the Postal Service.  Employees are not required to put themselves or their equipment at risk unnecessarily. When walkways or mailbox approaches are not cleared and appear unsafe, delivery will be suspended and the mail held at the post office until the situation is corrected.

Keep in mind you may be liable for injuries that occur on your property, especially if you have failed to provide safe access.

The men and women of the United States Postal Service want to deliver your mail on time daily. With a little help from the people they serve, this can happen even in the worst of every winter. 

Thank you for your help in clearing the way.

By Renae Boyle, Postmaster, Perham Post Office

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