November 27, 2006 14:44 ET

Canada Post: Don't Bring your Letter Carrier Down

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 27, 2006) - Be kind to your letter carrier and "break the ice". Each winter, snowy and icy walks and steps present a danger to mail delivery personnel.

Vancouver Island has recently experienced 30 centimetres of heavy wet snowfall. Every year, too many local postal workers experience slip-and-fall accidents as a result of slippery winter conditions. Canada Post urges homeowners and businesses to clear off their walkways and driveways to prevent accidents.

"Property owners are responsible for clearing their pathways and sidewalks," says Bill Lynd, Safety Officer. "A lack of attention to these conditions may result in accidents and delivery delays, therefore customer attention and action to remedy these unsafe conditions is greatly needed and much appreciated."

If a carrier judges a walkway or set of stairs to be dangerous, he or she is not obligated to deliver to that particular address until the walking surfaces are improved. This can cause unnecessary delivery delays.

"Our letter carriers are doing their best to make sure the mail is delivered under tough conditions," says Eleanor Smith, Director of Retail and Delivery. "Please be patient. Give your letter carrier and everyone else who uses your sidewalks a nice break this winter by keeping your walkways clear of snow and ice."

Contact Information

  • Canada Post
    Lillian Au, Manager
    Media & Community Affairs
    604-662-1388, Vancouver