TOLEDO - Despite the snow and unusually cold temperatures that have blanketed the area, the U.S. Postal Service wants to assure customers that every attempt is being made to deliver critical mail such as medicine and other essential items along with regular mail.

All employees who are scheduled to work are encouraged to make arrangements to arrive on time to provide this essential service to postal customers.

"To help letter carriers deliver the mail safely, we are appealing to customers to assist us by clearing snow and ice from pathways leading to their mailboxes," said Toledo Postmaster Dan Davis. "Snow and ice can make delivery hazardous.

Maintaining a clear path to the mail box -- including steps, porches, walkways and street approach -- will help letter carriers maintain consistent delivery service and help them get mail - especially critical mail - delivered."

Customers receiving door delivery should make sure their sidewalks, steps and porches are clear. Customers receiving
curbside delivery should remove snow piles left by snow plows to keep access to their mailboxes clear for letter carriers.

Delivery service may be delayed or curtailed whenever streets or walkways present hazardous conditions for letter
carriers or when snow is plowed against mailboxes.

"The Postal Service curtails delivery only after careful
consideration, and only as a last resort," said Davis. "Any curtailed mail is attempted the next delivery day."

Blue collection boxes also need to be kept clear for our customers to deposit their mail and for the Postal Service to collect the mail for delivery. Residents and businesses with collection boxes near their property are asked to keep them clear of snow and ice.

"We want our letter carriers to be safe," he added. "We can only do this with the help of our customers."

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