Keep your postman safe this winter

To the Editor:

Winter is back in full swing, with significant snow and ice for all of us to battle.

That means slippery surfaces, which can be dangerous and costly for homeowners, as well as for their visitors, including their letter carrier. By clearing a path when the snow arrives, accidents can be prevented.

We need our customers’ help. Letter carriers have hurt their knees or backs, or even suffered broken bones from falls on slippery surfaces.

Letter carriers are instructed to use good judgment and are not allowed to dismount to make curb deliveries when the approach to the mailbox is hazardous because of snow or ice.

Customers are asked to clear enough snow from curbside boxes, at least six feet on both sides, so the carrier may approach and leave without backing up his or her vehicle.

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.

Overhangs must be clear and free of snow and ice to avoid injury.

Please help your letter carrier provide you with the best possible service, safely. — John E. Korf, Postmaster, Little Falls