Postal Service asking public to clear ice and snow

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The US Postal Service is reminding customers that snow and ice can cause blocked mailboxes and slippery surfaces, which can prevent delivery and cause dangerous conditions.

In a release, USPS says, "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 that are inaccessible or when they deem delivery too hazardous. If we are unable to deliver your mail, we’ll hold it safely at the Post Office. Please bring ID to retrieve your mail."

USPS has tips to help keep your carrier safe this winter:

• Customers are asked to clear enough snow from curbside boxes – at least six feet on both sides of the mailbox – so the carrier may approach and leave without backing his or her vehicle.
• Clear snow from both the front and back of cluster boxes.
• Walkways need to be cleared so as to allow enough traction to avoid slips, trips and falls.
• Steps – especially painted wood – must be clear of ice and snow and kept in good repair.
• Overhangs must be cleared of snow and ice to avoid injury.