Consider safety of mail carriers this winter

From the cold to the snow, winter is in full swing with significant snow and ice for all to battle.
The slippery surfaces can be dangerous and costly for homeowners, as well as their visitors — including their mail carrier. Officials at area post offices would like to remind home owners that by clearing a path when the snow arrives, accidents can be prevented. Mail carriers need their customers’ help. Mail carriers have hurt their knees and backs, or even suffered broken bones, from falls on slippery surfaces.
Mail carriers are instructed to use good judgment when attempting to deliver to addresses where ice and snow are not cleared. They are not allowed to dismount to make curb deliveries when the approach to the mailbox is hazardous because of snow and ice.
No one wants to inconvenience a customer. But post office officials must take every possible step to ensure the safety of their employees. Some tips:
• Customers are asked to clear enough snow from curbside boxes — at least six feet on both sides of the mailbox — so the carrier may approach and leave without backing up his or her vehicle.
• Walkways need to be cleared so as to allow enough traction to avoid slips, trips and falls.
• Steps — especially painted wood — must be kept clear of ice and snow and in good repair.
• Overhangs must be clear and free of snow and ice to avoid injury.
The best cure for an injury is to not have it occur in the first place. Please help your mail carrier provide you with the best possible service — safely.