Idaho mail carriers look to customers to keep them safe

Clear snow and ice away from mailboxes to help.
Posted at 8:13 AM, Dec 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-07 10:13:41-05

Idaho Post Offices are asking customers to help keep carriers safe by clearing snow and ice from around mailboxes and walkways as soon as possible after it snows. Many mail carriers are hurt every year from slipping on the ice near mailboxes. 

“We want our carriers to return home healthy each night,” said Boise Postmaster Dan Corral. “Keeping a path clear to your mailbox will go a long way toward keeping our carriers safe and ensuring mail delivery each day.”

Idaho postal carriers, who each make an average of more than 600 deliveries daily, will continue to do their best to deliver the mail, according to Corral, however when mailboxes and approaches to mailboxes are buried in snow and ice it can make it difficult for carriers to make deliveries safely. Unsafe conditions such as icy sidewalks or large amounts of snow blocking mailboxes can prevent mail delivery. 

Postal customers who receive door mail delivery should ensure their sidewalks, steps, and access ways are kept safely clear of snow and ice.  Customers receiving street-side mailbox or centralized cluster neighborhood mailbox delivery should also pay special attention to having a safe and clear pathway to their mailbox.

If access is not safe, postal carriers must consider safety and accessibility first. They are instructed to refrain from delivering to locations they deem too hazardous.

“Our carriers have a well-deserved reputation for delivering the mail despite the elements, however, they couldn’t do it without the help of our customers,” said Corral. “We thank them for all they do to help keep our carriers safe and ensure mail delivery each day.”