USPS reminds those shoveling to remember the mailbox

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – The United States Postal Service reminds community members that snow, and road conditions can become hazardous and affect mail carriers from delivering mail. Helping clear the path from snow, or any other obstacles, ensures the safety of the carrier and prompt delivery.

“The Postal Service treats safety and service with equal priority,” Jeanne Jackson, Postmaster of Providence said, “That’s why we remind you to include that mailbox in your snow removal routine.”

“While salting and rubber-backed mats help, we rely on you to clear the snow,” Jackson said. “If there’s a warm spell, and the melting snow puddles, a quick freeze can make a sidewalk slick again.” Jackson continues, “The carrier needs to get in, and then out, without leaving the vehicle or backing up,” said Jackson. “The area near the mailbox should be cleared in a half-moon shape to give the carrier full visibility.”

“Please watch for slow-moving postal vehicles, carriers on foot, and children that play near mailboxes or snow banks,” she said. “And don’t zip by neighbors who are clearing mailboxes or collecting their mail. Let’s all stay safe.”

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