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Keep children away from mail trucks and other advice from the Layton Postmaster

Article Published 08/20/2014

It is easy to take the U.S. Postal Service for granted. But, what can the public do to better assist mail delivery?
According to Shane Stricklan, Layton Postmaster, childhood safety is one of his biggest concerns.
“I don’t want kids around the mail trucks,” he said.
So parents and guardians should not send their children out to the street to receive mail directly from the truck.
“My carriers try to avoid hand delivery,” he said.
Better to let children only get the mail from the box, after the truck has departed, is Stricklan’s advice for better safety.
Regarding dogs, he said homeowners need to restrain their canines whenever a door delivery of a package, or a registered letter, is necessary.
This will reduce the chance of a dog bite, or attack for a mail carrier.
On the subject of package delivery – a postal carrier has to come to the doorstep whenever a package will not fit inside a mailbox.
Then, Stricklan said a mail carrier will do their best to make a package on the step as less noticeable as possible.
“We try not to leave it visible,” he said.
So, anyone not home during the day and expecting a large package should thoroughly inspect the front door area before panicking and contacting the Post Office.
-And keep obstructions away from your mailbox year-round. Your carrier may not deliver your mail if there’s a car, shrub, or unfriendly dog in front of it.
Cars should be parked about 15 feet away from either side of a mailbox.
During the winter season, Stricklan said keeping the mailbox clear and accessible for the delivery truck is the best thing residents can do to assist postal carriers.
This means that the street in front of the mailbox is clear enough of snow that the truck can readily pull up and drive away.
If a postal carrier has to get in and out of the truck to deliver mail often, they can’t complete the route on time.
New subdivisions have group mail delivery locations, but if a single mailbox at an existing home, needs replacement, here’s the Postal Service’s advice:
-If you’re buying a new mailbox, look for the Postmaster General’s seal of approval; every new mailbox design is reviewed and approved before it goes to market.
-The house or apartment number should be clearly displayed on your mailbox. And, if your mailbox is on a different street than your house, the street name should appear on it, too.
-Put a roadside mailbox where a carrier can safely reach inside without leaving the truck. That means positioning it about 42 to 46 inches off the ground and flush with the curb.
(In the absence of a raised curb, contact the Layton Post Office for guidance.)
Don’t use potentially dangerous supports, such as: heavy metal pipes, concrete posts, farm equipment, such as milk cans filled with concrete.
Mailboxes also need some occasional maintenance too:
-Replace missing or faded house numbers.
-Replace loose hinges on the door.
-Repaint rusty or peeling parts.
-Remount the post, if it’s loose.