Postal Service urging customers to keep sidewalks clear of ice, snow for carrier safety

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - Postal officials are urging the public to keep their mailboxes, steps and sidewalks clear of snow and ice so letter carriers are able to provide the safest, most efficient delivery service possible.

The Postal Service said customers can help keep their letter carrier safe this winter by following these steps:

• Clear enough snow from curbside boxes to allow mail trucks to approach the box, deliver the mail and to drive away from the box without danger of the need for backing.
• Walkways should be cleared of snow and ice and allow enough traction to avoid slips, trips or falls.
• Steps should also be kept clear of ice and snow and in good repair so as not to cause injury to the letter carriers or others who visit the customer’s home.
• Overhangs should be clear and free of snow and ice to avoid injury.

Residents who receive delivery to roadside mailboxes also must keep the approach to the mailbox clear of snow.