U.S. Postal Service asks for help keeping mail carriers safe during the holiday season

Posted at 12:06 PM, Nov 30, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- 'Tis the season for lots and lots of mail. Whether it is holiday cards or presents, the post office says workers will be hustling and bustling to get those special items delivered before the Dec. 25 deadline. With the increase in deliveries, the U.S. Postal Service is asking for your help to keep carriers safe as they work long hours over the next few weeks.

Here are six things the U.S. Postal Service is asking customers to do:

  1. With early-morning package routes and nightfall coming earlier, some deliveries will be made while it is dark outside. Leave outdoor lights on to illuminate addresses and walkways.
  2. Remove potential tripping hazards from steps, porches and designated package drop-off areas.
  3. Ensure that dogs are restrained or kept inside. If a carrier rings your bell or knocks, place the dog in another room before answering the door.
  4. Letter carriers are on the front line of severe weather conditions. Be conscious of doorstep deliveries, painted porches and steps that could quickly grow hazardous. 
  5. Residents who receive delivery to roadside mailboxes should keep the approach to, and exit from, the mailbox clear of snow or any other obstacles, like trash cans and other vehicles. 
  6. Don’t be surprised to see your carriers on Sunday. Workers are delivering seven days a week in many cities.