BANGOR- This time of year not only brings frenzied holiday shopping but also busy mail-rooms and delivery services.
It may not be at the front of people’s minds … But while United States Postal Service workers are dealing with greater demand during the holidays, they’re also battling bad roads and slippery and icy sidewalks.
“Obviously this time of year, we have more concerns about our travel both with our vehicles and with carriers that are walking and delivering mail. We do regularly and repeatedly give safety talks about using caution,” Bangor Postmaster Charles Redburn said.
He said when you combine the weather with the increase in mail volume, that increases the chance of postal workers getting hurt.
“We’ll typically have a 40-55 percent increase in the volume of mail we deliver within the time period between Thanksgiving and Christmas versus the rest of the year. We would look on most days within the Bangor community to deliver three to four thousand packages per day,” he said.
He also said so far in the Bangor area, there haven’t been any ice and snow-related injuries …
But it’s important to stay aware of the potential danger.
“We also ask that the customers give us some help and make sure that their steps and walkway, sidewalks are clear of snow and ice,” Redburn said.