January 22, 2007 09:03 ET

Canada Post: Help Your Letter Carrier Stay on his Feet!

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 22, 2007) - Everyone would agree that Quebec winters aren't what they used to be. What hasn't changed though are the obstacles your letter carrier must face every day and that could cause your letter carrier to slip over. Snow, hail, storms, freezing rain, cold temperatures and strong winds make delivering the mail a real obstacle course. Every year, these weather conditions result in falls on icy or snowy stairs and driveways and on icy sidewalks.

How many times have you had difficulty climbing the steps to your house? Now imagine your letter carrier's situation. Letter carriers walk about 10 km a day and deliver to some 800 doors and thus run major risks during the winter. This situation is even more critical because they carry heavy volumes of mail in their bags, sometimes up to 16 kg (35 lbs), thereby limiting their movements and forcing them to balance like a tightrope walker.

Between November 2005 and March 2006, 414 slips and falls due to winter weather conditions were recorded by letter carriers in Quebec. Many falls can have serious consequences, cause major injuries and even force some letter carriers to be off work for a long time.

With the cooperation of each of you, the number of injuries resulting from slips and falls could be significantly reduced. Please take a few minutes of your time to clear the snow and ice from the access to your mailbox and thus ensure the safety of your letter carrier and the delivery of your mail.

This winter, help our letter carriers stay on their feet!


- Keep all obstacles, such as your shovel and garbage, away from your mailbox;

- Clean and remove ice from your stairs;

- If possible, spread sand instead of salt, because salt makes water that can then freeze and make the access to your mailbox very slippery;

- Remove hanging icicles.

Note: Letter carriers are available for interviews.

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