A wealth of knowledge packed within a hundred years of experience

Harlan, IA, City Carriers John Zimmerman, Wayne Behrend, and Fred Lybarger.

Harlan, IA, City Carriers John Zimmerman, Wayne Behrend, and Fred Lybarger.

For more than one hundred collective years, Harlan, IA, City Carriers John Zimmerman, Wayne Behrend, and Fred Lybarger have faithfully delivered mail along their routes. While many things have changed over the years, some things stay the same – like their dedication to customer service and commitment to safety.

“They say there have been many changes over time working here, from walking routes with relay boxes to their current state of almost completely mounted routes,” said Harlan Postmaster Joann Miller.

Miller had the pleasure of presenting each team member with a service award, with Behrend and Lybarger each receiving a 30-year award and Zimmerman receiving his 40-year award. While they all have a healthy collection of service years under their belts, Miller hopes they have no retirement plans anytime in the near future.

“We wish them well for the many more years yet to come,” said Miller.

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Elementary Kids Receive Special Delivery

Stoneyridge Carrier Annex City Carrier Bill Westmore.

Stoneyridge Carrier Annex City Carrier Bill Westmore.

November is letter writing month for Reagan Elementary School. For the past several years, they’ve invited Omaha, NE, Postmaster, Keith Reid to stop and visit their second grade classes, and this year was no exception.

Postmaster Reid not only spoke about the importance of letter writing, he also took time to read 7 Little Postmen to over 80 children in attendance. During his visit, Reid presented a coloring book and a yo-yo with a postal logo as special gifts to each student.

The children also received a special treat as Stoneyridge Carrier Annex City Carrier Bill Westmore stopped by with his vehicle for a visit. Westmore spoke to the students about the delivery of mail and safety around a postal vehicle when the carrier comes into their neighborhood. He also spoke about dog safety and the importance of keeping their dog under control when the carrier delivers mail. The students had the chance to go through the LLV to see how different it is from their family vehicles.

“I always look forward to and enjoy Keith’s presentation,” said second grade teacher Jessica Bader.

Omaha, NE, Postmaster Keith Reid.

Omaha, NE, Postmaster Keith Reid.

New Million Mile Driving Safety Club Members

City Carriers Tim, Brenda, Carolyn, Karma, and Mike celebrate their inductions into the Million Mile Award safe driving club.

City Carriers Tim, Brenda, Carolyn, Karma, and Mike celebrate their inductions into the Million Mile Award safe driving club.

Recently, the Delano Station in Wichita, KS, had the opportunity to induct five new members into the Million Mile Award safe driving club. City Carriers and newly minted Million Mile Award recipients Tim Gerber, Brenda Bowers, Carolyn Schneider, Karma Onstott, and Mike Miller were joined by acting Postmaster Cindy Liptak during the celebration of their achievements.

“It is hard to believe that collectively, these five carriers represent five million miles of safe driving,” said Liptak. ”Wow! That’s an amazing accomplishment!”

A Safe Million

A safe million

Salt Lake City Postmaster Steve Chaus, City Carrier Floyd Youngbauer, and District Manager Jimmy Wolf.

 

With more than 253 million cars and trucks on the road, avoiding an accident is no easy task. For Sugarhouse Station City Carrier Floyd Youngbauer, it’s a skill honed through many years on the road.

Youngbauer recently received the coveted million mile award celebrating his commitment to safety and constant vigilance. Salt Lake City Postmaster Steve Chaus and Salt Lake City District Manager Jimmy Wolf offered their congratulations and thanks for Youngbauer’s exceptional accomplishment.

Click It

Click it

When entering any automobile, do you click your seat belt each and every time you get in?

Whether you’re a driver or a passenger, no excuse to avoid wearing one is worth the risk of severe injury – or worse.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the use of seat belts saved 12,174 lives in 2012. If 3,031 other individuals had chosen to wear their seat belts that same year, their lives would have been saved as well.

Each and every time you enter a vehicle, make safety your first priority by strapping on the seat belt before you turn on the ignition.

Independence Day – Fireworks Safety

Firework safety

Fourth of July is about freedom, liberty, and the birthday of the country. While celebrating independence this year, many will watch fireworks and enjoy family gatherings. As the day is celebrated, make sure to do so safely.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, approximately 10,500 people were treated for injuries related to fireworks in 2013 and required emergency medical treatment. About 30 percent of these injuries were sustained by children younger than 15.

The National Safety Council advises the best way to safely enjoy this 4th of July is to watch a public fireworks display conducted by professionals. However, if fireworks are legal where you live and you decide to use them, be sure to follow these important safety tips:

  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks. Older children should use fireworks only under close adult supervision.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, in a clear outdoor area away from onlookers, houses and flammable materials.
  • Do not aim fireworks at another individual and never place any part of your body over a firework.
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don’t go off or in case of fire, and do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks. If you are in an area experiencing drought-like conditions, reconsider using fireworks due to the increase in fire risk.
  • “Safe and sane” fireworks are neither. Fireworks and sparklers are designed to explode or throw off showers of hot sparks.  Sparklers can burn to about 2,000° F.

Summer heat preparedness

Summer heat preparedness

The summer months are a popular time to enjoy outdoor recreation, barbeques, sporting events, and more. What some may not be aware of, however, are the risks associated with spending any length of time in the heat.

Whether for work or play, individuals are at risk of developing such illnesses as heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat rash, etc. As the summer heat begins to rise, the potential for these heat-related illnesses also increases. Make sure you’re prepared ahead of time and know the warning signs and preventative measures:

Signs of heat stress:

  • Dizziness or confusion
  • Fast and shallow breathing
  • Headache
  • Hot, dry skin or profuse sweating
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea
  • Pale or flushed complexion
  • Rash
  • Weakness or fatigue

Preventative measures:

  • Clothing – dress appropriately for the weather. Make sure to wear loose-fitting, breathable clothing to keep body temperatures down.
  • Rest – utilize authorized breaks to relax from high heat conditions.
  • Shade – limit time exposed to the sun and heat by finding a shaded area to take authorized work breaks.
  • Water – drink water frequently.  Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout your day and work shift. Make sure to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day.

Back to School Safety

Back to school safety

School is once again in session, and with its return, children are walking, running and biking their way back to class. As they begin a new school year, this is a good time for a reminder that driving cautiously near children is everyone’s responsibility.

Before placing the transmission in gear, are you sure there are no little ones in front or behind you? Children will be moving along sidewalks, waiting at or near bus stops, and passing by driveways throughout many neighborhoods around the country. They might even be near your vehicle. Be sure to check the area around your vehicle to make sure it’s clear before taking it out of park.

Well known for their swiftness, children can sometimes move unexpectedly, and they don’t always cross the street in marked intersections. Slow down in residential neighborhoods and school zones. Scan sidewalks to see if a child is about to walk into the street. Plan for sudden movements by remaining alert to your surroundings.

Children are depending on you this school season to help keep them safe. Don’t let them down.

Staying Safe Behind the Wheel

Staying safe behind the wheel

Whether driving a work or personal vehicle, there’s one essential piece of equipment that should never be forgotten – the seat belt.

Seat belts save lives, but only when drivers choose to use them. Recently in Arizona, a rural carrier was delivering mail along his route when another vehicle crossed multiple lanes of traffic and struck the front, driver’s side corner of the LLV. The impact spun the LLV around and pushed it across the road. After striking the LLV, the other vehicle smashed through mailboxes and rolled over in a field.

The carrier was injured in the accident, but remained alive inside the LLV thanks to the conscious effort to buckle up.

Even when one takes every precaution to drive safely, another driver might not use similar judgment. Always protect yourself from their mistakes by making the conscious decision to buckle up. It could be the difference that prevents a bad situation from becoming a fatal one.

Stay cool this summer

Stay cool this summer

Summer is a time when high temperatures, humidity and direct sun can increase the risk of heat-related illnesses. 

Knowing the signs and symptoms associated with these illnesses and practicing preventive measures can help employees reduce the risk of heat-related health problems.

Signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses include chills, clammy skin, cramps, dizziness, elevated body temperature, extreme weakness, fatigue, headaches, excessive thirst, heavy sweating or hot, dry skin, pale complexion, slurred speech, fainting, nausea or vomiting.

Keep cool and healthy during high temperatures by following these rules:

  • Shade: Limit the time you are exposed to sun and heat. Find a shaded area to take  authorized work breaks.
  • Rest: Use authorized breaks to relax from high heat conditions.
  • Water: Drink plenty of water throughout your work shift. Employees should drink a cup of water every 20 minutes to stay hydrated.
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