TPO: Keep mailboxes clear of snow

While city and rural letter carriers in Topeka area are proud of the Postal Service’s unofficial motto, a bit of help from their customers is always welcomed – especially with this week’s snow and ice across the region.


“Snow and ice on sidewalks, front porches and around rural mailboxes present a serious safety challenge for our letter carriers, who make on average 600 deliveries a day,” said Topeka Postmaster Sam Gonzales. “Letter carriers have hurt their knees or backs, or even suffered broken bones from falls on slippery surfaces.”

Letter carriers are advised to use good judgment when attempting to deliver to addresses where ice and snow are not cleared. They are instructed to refrain from delivering to locations they deem too hazardous.

“We greatly appreciate the support of our customers in this endeavor,” said Gonzales. “Your carrier will thank you.”

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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