Snow and ice in New England this time of year are no surprise. One cannot control the elements that winter delivers but, for one’s letter carrier, these conditions can make delivering letters and packages a lot more challenging.
Winter walking and driving are never easy, especially when days are at their shortest and carriers find themselves working more in the dark. The U.S. Postal Service reminds residents to watch for letter carriers on foot and slow-moving postal vehicles, particularly during the winter months.
Of course, the main spots to be concerned about are right at one’s house, where letter carriers, newspaper carriers, meter readers, and even delivery personnel from a florist or pizza shop may come by. For everyone’s safety, it is asked that one clear the snow and ice from sidewalks, walkways, porches, and steps to help prevent falls.
For mailboxes at the curb, the U.S. Postal Service asks that snow and ice be removed regularly for safe access to the box by the carrier and uninterrupted delivery.
Regardless of the weather, mail carriers will be out there binding the nation together through mail. Residents doing their part to help keep carriers safe is appreciated every step of the way.