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Metro Detroit post offices ask customers to clear snow and ice, keep letter carriers safe

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Posted at 3:02 PM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 15:02:49-05

(WXYZ) — Detroit-area post offices are asking customers to clear snow and ice from sidewalks, stairs and mailboxes to help letter carriers deliver snow.

“Snow and ice make delivery dangerous and slow,” said District Manager Richard Moreton, Detroit District, in a press release. “Maintaining a clear path to the mailbox – including steps, porches, walkways and street approach – will help letter carriers maintain consistent delivery service.”

USPS says customers receiving door delivery should make sure their sidewalks, steps and porches are clear. Customers receiving curbside delivery should remove snow piles left by snowplows to keep access to their mailboxes clear for letter carriers.

Delivery service may be delayed or curtailed whenever streets or walkways present hazardous conditions for letter carriers or when snow is plowed against mailboxes, USPS says.

“The Postal Service curtails delivery only after careful consideration, and only as a last resort,” says Moreton. “Any curtailed mail is attempted the next delivery day.”

Residents and businesses with collection boxes near their property are asked to keep them clear of snow and ice. “We want our letter carriers to be safe,” adds Moreton. “We can only do this with the help of our customers.”