When it snows here in New York there is one thing that you must remember to do to make sure you get your mail.

You must clear your mailbox. The United States postal service will deliver in all kinds of weather from rain to sleet to snow, but they won't deliver your mail if you don't have access to your mailbox.

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If you have a mailbox at the end of your driveaway chances are that when you cleared the driveway and sidewalk you tossed the snow near the mailbox. Or maybe when the plows came down your street they pushed all the snow up against your mailbox.

If your mail delivery person doesn't have clear access to your mailbox they will not deliver your mail.

Think about it, having a huge snow pile covering parts of your mailbox can make it a dangerous situation for your delivery person. Their mail truck could get stuck, they could slip and fall or any number of problems can arise.

It is up to you, the homeowner, renter, getter of mail to make sure your mailbox is clear and accessible.

There have been reports of people not getting their mail because their mailboxes aren't clear of snow.

The United States Postal Service is requesting that you do the following things:

  • Clear enough snow from curbside boxes to allow mail trucks to approach the box, deliver the mail, and drive away from the box without danger of the need for backing.
  • Walkways should be cleared of snow and ice and allow enough traction to avoid slips, trips, or falls.
  • Steps should also be kept clear of ice and snow and in good repair so as not to cause injury to the letter carriers or others who visit the customer’s home.
  • Overhangs should be clear and free of snow and ice to avoid injury.

If you have any questions you can call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777)

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