“Snowed down” delivery can be averted

Since 1775 the United Postal Service has been a key link between friends, families and businesses by providing mail delivery.

The independent federal agency visits roughly 146 million homes and businesses on a daily basis and is the only service provider to deliver to every address in the nation.

Although neither rain, sleet, snow, nor gloom of night can keep postal carriers from their routes, unshoveled snow and icy sidewalks can.

As a result of Tuesday’s snowfall, the Postal Service is asking for assistance in providing a safe passage for their employees.

It’s worth noting that postal delivery personnel do not have to make deliveries if doing so would put them in harm’s way or they could become injured when doing so.

“I can tell you from my carrier days that if the sidewalks are not clear then we are not required to deliver mail to a residence, although most carriers make every effort to complete their routes,” U.S. Postal employee Charlie Stout said Thursday.

Carriers agree that a clear sidewalk and uncovered roadside mailbox makes all the difference in the world in getting mail delivered in a timely fashion.

It is requested that customers remove snow and ice from their sidewalks and porch steps to avoid injury to carriers who are attempting to deliver the mail.

The Postal Service receives no taxpayer dollars for routine operations and derives its operating revenue solely from the sale of postage, products and the services it offers.

With annual revenues of $73 billion, the U.S. Postal Service is the world’s leading provider of mail and delivery services. It delivers 44 percent of the world’s mail volume: some 213 billion letters, advertisements, periodicals and packages annually.


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