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Postal Service issues tips to eliminate injury to mail carriers

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In anticipation of winter storms and snowfall, the Postal Service requests that customers clear the area around their mailboxes and walkways of snow and ice to allow a safe approach for letter carriers. Postal carriers have suffered serious injuries related to slips, trips and falls during the past years due to ice and snow covered walkways and porch steps. “Several of our letter carriers haves suffered broken ankles, fractured elbows, fractured arms and even more serious injuries due to slippery walkways and ice-covered steps,” said Sacramento District Manager Rosemarie Fernandez. “A clear walkway, porch or approach to a curbside mailbox will greatly assist us in mail delivery.” Letter carriers are instructed to take every safety precaution on their appointed rounds. But many risk their safety to provide service to customers. The Postal Service is asking customers to help keep their letter carrier safe this winter by: - Clear enough snow from curbside boxes to allow mail trucks to approach the box, deliver the mail and drive away without danger or need for backing. - Walkways should be cleared of snow and ice and 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 carrier or others who visit the customer’s home. - Overhangs should be clear and free of snow and ice to avoid injury. - Clear all leaves before the temperature drops. Leaves will freeze and present an extremely hazardous slippery condition for letter carriers. - Staff report