To try and make life easier for the mail carriers when the weather turns bad, there are a lot of things homeowners can do. Marylou said clearing out the proper pathways to and around wherever mail is dropped off can help make walkways safe and easily traversable, and “hopefully your customers know to put salt out,” she said.
Outgoing mail should garner extra attention when the weather is bad, too. It should be clearly visible and secured tightly to the mailbox so it does not get taken away by Mother Nature before a mailperson can get there.
“In this wind, it will get taken away, so make sure it is secure with a clothes pin or something,” she said.
Even though the cold weather can mean a break from school or work for some, others, like mail carriers, have to brave the frigid temperatures and keep working. No matter if there is snow on the ground or if the high for the day is in the negatives, they will be out there delivering mail and freezing to the bone. So, help make their job easier by keeping the area around your mailbox cleared and throw some salt down to keep pathways safe.
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