The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is facing more challenges than usual this holiday season, as workers juggle the demands of a peak season that's expected to see record volumes with reforms being rolled out by the new postmaster general, Louis DeJoy.
Amid those pressures, the agency is issuing its annual advice to consumers on how they can help keep its carriers safe as they deliver holiday cards and gifts. In addition to the usual reminders to clear steps of snow and keep dogs restrained, this year's list includes three safety tips that relate specifically to parcels. They are as follows:
"Safety is important no matter the time of year. But even the most safety-conscious person could forget simple, quick safety checks during the hustle and bustle that is the holiday season," USPS Occupational Safety and Health Senior Director Linda DeCarlo said in a release. "Try to set aside a few minutes each day to look for, and correct, potential hazards in and around your home. Those few minutes could be the difference between a happy holiday and an unhappy one."