Chesterton Tribune



US Postal Service: Clear snow from sidewalks by mailboxs or get no mail

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The Chesterton branch of the U.S. Postal Service is asking customers to help letter carriers deliver holiday mail safely by clearing snow and ice from sidewalks, stairs, and mailboxes.

“Snow and ice make delivery dangerous and slow,” said Chesterton OIC Sharon Swart. “Maintaining a clear path to the mail box--including steps, porches, walkways, and street approaches--will help letter carriers maintain consistent delivery service, and help them get those letters and packages delivered on time.”

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 Swart. “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. “We want our letter carriers to be safe,” added Swart. “We can only do this with the help of our customers.”



Posted 12/19/2013