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INDIANAPOLIS — As you head out to shovel your driveway or sidewalk, be sure to help your mail carrier and clear the snow and ice from pathways and mailboxes.

Clearing a path will help keep your mail carrier from slipping, tripping, or falling on the ice and snow, says the U.S. Postal Service.

“Our letter carriers are the best in the business,” said Acting Greater Indiana District Manager Christi Johnson-Kennedy. “While they are accustomed to winter weather, they still need the cooperation of homeowners to help them reduce the risk of accidents.”

Mounds of snow and patches of ice in front of mailboxes are hazardous for mail carriers. The USPS is asking residents to maintain a path to the mailbox — including steps, porches, walkways, and the approach from the street — to help mail carriers deliver mail and packages in a timely fashion.

If you receive curbside mail delivery, keep the approach to and from the mailbox clear of snow, trashcans, and other vehicles. Your mail carrier needs to be able to deliver your mail safely without leaving the vehicle or backing up.