Postal Service asks for clear paths to mailboxes

By KBJR News 1

March 10, 2014 Updated Mar 10, 2014 at 9:30 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Neither Rain Nor Sleet nor Snow , the U.S. Post Service will get your mail to you, but to make the job a little less dangerous, they're asking for a better path to your mailbox.

Significant snow and ice means slippery surfaces and blocked streets and walkways, which can be dangerous for postal carriers.
Carriers are not allowed to make curb deliveries when the approach to the mailbox is blocked or hazardous because of snow or ice.
March is the worst month for slips, trips, and falls with over 100 injuries in the Duluth area last year.

"This is the time of year when we get freezes and thaws and the snow gets heavy and it's a dangerous time of year out there for carriers for slip trips and falls and slip trips and fall injuries can be pretty serious." Said Duluth Postmaster, Arby Humphrey.

Customers are asked to clear snow from curbside mailboxes. Walkways need to be cleared 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.

Bryce Henry