Postmaster: Clear that ice and snow, or deliveries may be no go

Published December 5, 2013 1:43 pm

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Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. But dangerous delivery conditions are another matter.

Acting Salt Lake City Postmaster Scott Canfield stated Thursday that ice and snow can be both dangerous for postal employees — and potentially expensive for homeowners sued over accidents.

"We need our customers' help," Canfield said. "Letter carriers have hurt their knees or backs, or even suffered broken bones from falls on slippery surfaces."

So, please clear those porches, walkways and sidewalks. If you do not, you may not get your mail at all.

Letter carriers are advised to use good judgment when attempting to deliver to addresses where ice and snow are not cleared. If conditions seem too hazardous, they will skip that address.

"No one wants to inconvenience the customer," Canfield stressed. "But we must ensure the safety of our employees."

Specifically, customers are asked to clear enough snow away at least 6 feet on both sides of curbside mail boxes — along with clearing walkways and steps, and making sure overhangs are free of snow or ice that could fall on postal workers.


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