Postal service anticipates normal delivery ahead of winter weather

Posted at 1:31 PM, Jan 17, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-17 13:31:24-05

Friday morning’s possible snowfall is expected to cause some transportation issues in and around Virginia, officials tell NewsChannel 3. Although there may be some delays in mail delivery, the Postal Service expects to make normal delivery to all residents.

The Postal Service is asking customers to help keep their letter carrier safe this winter through the following actions:

• Customers are asked to 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 or the need for backing.
• Walkways should be cleared of snow and ice to 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 from falling snow and ice.

Letter carriers are instructed to hold mail to addresses where ice and snow are not cleared. But many risk their safety in order to provide service to the customers. Postal carriers have suffered serious injuries related to slips, trips and falls during the past years due to icy and snow-covered walkways and porch steps.