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Verbatim: Clear snow, ice to aid mail carriers

Statement issued Wednesday:

Letter carriers in Indiana will make their appointed rounds to deliver mail in the aftermath of the recent heavy snow. As they prepare to face the elements, the United States Postal Service requests the following cooperation from homeowners and businesses.

•Clear enough snow and ice and allow enough traction to avoid slips, trips or falls.

•Keep steps and porches clear of ice and snow to allow enough traction to walk on safely.

•Clear enough snow from curbside boxes to allow the carrier to deliver mail while remaining inside the vehicle and drive away from the box without having to back up. Backing increases the risk of accidents because it reduces driver visibility.

“Snow and ice play havoc with mail delivery,” says Kim Yates, Postal Service spokesperson. “Your help in maintaining a clear path to the mailbox – including steps, porches, walkways and street approach – will greatly help us maintain excellent delivery service.”

According to Yates, 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 U.S. Postal Service curtails delivery only after careful consideration and only as a last resort. Any curtailed mail is attempted the next delivery day. “We certainly don’t want to inconvenience our customers,” Yates said, “but we must ensure the safety of our employees.”

“Please help our employees provide the best service they can, as safely as possible,” said Yates. “Your cooperation is very much appreciated and will help us provide timely delivery of your mail.”

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