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USPS to customers: Please keep ice and snow off your sidewalks

Postal customers who receive door mail delivery should ensure their sidewalks, steps and access ways are kept safely clear of snow and ice, a news release from USPS stated. Customers receiving rural, curbside or centralized mailbox delivery should also pay special attention to having a safe and clear pathway to their mailbox. BrainerdDispatch.com Illustration

The United States Postal Service asks customers to keep snow and ice cleared from their sidewalks, stairs and mailboxes to help postal carriers deliver the mail.

"Winter storms make mail delivery very challenging for our carriers," said USPS Spokesperson Darla Swanson. "Clearing a path to your mailbox will go a long way toward keeping our carriers safe and maintaining consistent delivery service."

Postal customers who receive door mail delivery should ensure their sidewalks, steps and access ways are kept safely clear of snow and ice, a news release from USPS stated. Customers receiving rural, curbside or centralized mailbox delivery should also pay special attention to having a safe and clear pathway to their mailbox.

Postal carriers will continue to do their best to deliver the mail, according to Swanson, but when mailboxes and approaches to mailboxes are buried in snow and ice it can make it difficult for carriers to make deliveries safely.

If mailboxes are blocked off and conditions are too difficult, postal carriers must consider safety and accessibility first. They are instructed to refrain from delivering to locations they deem too hazardous.

"We greatly appreciate the support of our customers in this effort," said Swanson. "Your carrier will thank you."

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