Clearing a path for mail carriers

The improper, and proper, examples of snow removal around mailboxes.
The improper, and proper, examples of snow removal around mailboxes. Image provided.

As Hoosiers experience some of the coldest temperatures seen for a while, the postal service asks customers to clear snow and ice from pathways and mailboxes.

The snow and icy conditions increases the likelihood of weather-related accidents for carriers and customers. According to a previous article written by The TAB, a 30-foot clearance needs to be available - 15 feet before and 15 feet after the mailbox.

When walking and driving conditions are icy, both drivers and pedestrians are at risk. The United States Postal Service needs help to keep letter carriers safe from slips, trips or falls.

“Our letter carriers are the best in the business,” said Acting Greater Indiana District Manager Christi Johnson-Kennedy.

“While they are accustomed to winter weather, they still need the cooperation of homeowners to help them reduce the risk of accidents.”

Mounds of snow and patches of ice in front of mailboxes create havoc for carriers trying to safely deliver mail.

Officials are asking that residents maintain a clear path to the mailbox – including steps, porches, walkways and approaches from the street – and help carriers provide timely delivery of packages, cards and letters.

Officials ask residents who receive curbside mail delivery to keep the approach to and from the mailbox clear of snow, or any other obstacles such as trash cans and other vehicles.  

The curbside carrier needs to be able to deliver mail safely, without leaving the vehicle or backing up.