With recent snowfall and drifting caused by strong winds having made travelling by vehicle or foot more difficult, Canada Post is asking customers in Thompson and elsewhere to try to clear the way for the people delivering their mail and Christmas package.
“While our delivery agents are doing their best to deliver through difficult weather conditions, severe winter elements pose a safety risk to our employees – and others,” said a Nov. 29 news release from Canada Post. “As Thompson is expecting some snow this week, we’re reminding homeowners to help us deliver letters and parcels safely by keeping a clear and safe path to their home. With everyone’s support, we can help avoid an injury that can happen in just seconds.”
The federal Crown corporation in charge of mail delivery says online shopping boomed during the COVID-19 pandemic and isn’t expected to slow down this holiday season.
The ways in which customers can make things easier for mail carriers and other Canada Post employees delivering packages include removing snow and ice from their driveways, walkways, stairs and the area around their mailboxes, and also by using sand and salt to de-ice entrances, stairs and paths. Keeping handrails and mailboxes free of obstructions and in good repair is also helpful, as is keeping a porch light on when expecting a parcel so delivery agents can easily see house numbers and walkways.