Tips For New Letter Carriers

Maybe you’ve just been hired as a full time letter carrier, or maybe you’re starting off as a CCA. No matter the circumstance, starting a new job is always stressful, especially when you’re carrying the mail. We’ve got some tips for new employees that will help you get situated at your new job.

Stick with it. The job is going to be much harder than you are expecting. You will be faced with high expectations, bad weather, rude customers, dogs, confusing routes, and more. It would be easy to give up, but if you stick with the job, you will eventually get used to all of these things. You’ll learn how to deal with the weather and dogs, ignore rude customers, and your routes will become less confusing. This is something that simply comes from experience.

Don’t complain. If you are new to the work, it is likely you will want to complain quite a lot, about how exhausting the job is, the dogs you have to watch for, and the weather. But your new co-workers have gone through it all before, and deal with it on a daily basis. Just remember this was part of the package when you accepted the job. Having a good attitude about it can make your time working much more pleasant.

Take extra care when delivering in darkness. There are many dangers that come with night delivery, and you will likely face them. The most dangerous thing you have to watch out for is injury due to a lack of visibility. This may be because you fail to see obstacles or obstacles, such as vehicles, fail to see you. Be very careful when walking across lawns, on stairs, and in the street. While attacks on letter carriers are not common, criminal activity is more likely to occur at night, so be cautious.

Take extra care if you work in an area with high crime. An attack on you would be a federal offense. Just because you work in a high crime area doesn’t mean you are going to be attacked. But you could be targeted for mail, packages, or even your vehicle. Park your vehicle in a high traffic area, and keep it locked. Just keep your eyes open for suspicious behavior. Don’t be afraid to report it if you feel unsafe.

Remember you do not have to deliver the mail if it is not safe. If there is ice on the stairs, a loose dog running around, or other hazardous conditions, you should not risk injury to deliver the mail. Fill out the appropriate paperwork to indicate the problem.

Take care of yourself in all types of weather. We’re sure you’ve already looked for advice about delivering mail in the rain or snow, but don’t forget about other types of weather. Working in the sun all day doesn’t have the potential to lead only to sunburn, but skin cancer. Take care to apply sunscreen, and take other precautions as necessary to stay safe in all types of conditions.

These are just a few tips to help prepare you for your new career. We hope that we’re able to help, and that you find the job to be fulfilling and rewarding!

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Fight Back Against Holiday Stress

While the holidays are touted as a magical, special time of year, in reality most people have a difficult time enjoying the holidays due to stress. And never has that been truer than it is for USPS employees. It is the busiest time of year for mail and packages, and that can lead to many overwhelming feelings.

While you can’t stop the job from being stressful, there are ways you can fight back against the stress from your job and the holidays so you can actually take some time to enjoy them.

Changing your attitude is the biggest step you can take to manage holiday stress. This is because a lot of the stress felt during the holiday season is manufactured. Instead of thinking about the shopping you have to do, the food you have to cook, and the family you have to visit (all between your long hours at work), think about what makes the holidays magical. Think about the look on your friend’s and family’s faces when they open that gift. Think about time around the dinner table with family. When you do this, you bring positive images to your head, versus negative.

Stay healthy. It’s easy to skip the gym or break a diet during the holidays. We’re not saying you should skip a holiday event because it is normally your gym time, or stay away from the office holiday potluck, but be mindful of your health. Exercise reduces anxiety. Plus, if you regularly exercise healthy habits, dropping them can cause guilt and extra stress.

Let yourself say no. It can be hard to say no to plans when they are offered to you. We’re all guilty of checking our schedules, finding that yes, we have one single day free, and making plans with others. While being social can reduce stress, being too social can lead to you becoming overwhelmed, and can make your plans feel like a chore, instead of fun.

Stick to a budget. It’s very easy to go overboard during the holidays, but going overboard is going to add a lot of stress. Look at your finances and determine how much you can afford to spend on food, presents, and decorations. Your sister doesn’t “need” you to spend $100 on her. Making gifts is a great way to save money. If you stay on budget, worrying about paying your credit card bill won’t be in the back of your mind for the rest of the month.

Take some time to yourself to relax. This includes your friends, family, and significant other. Take a relaxing bath. Read a book. Go for a walk. Take some time to be alone with your thoughts and alone with an activity you enjoy. It allows your mind to settle and will help reduce that stress.

We understand how the stress of the holidays can pile up with the stress of your career. The USPS delivers millions of letters and packages, and it can be easy to get overwhelmed with the consumerism of the holiday. That only makes it more important to enjoy the things that really matter, which is time to enjoy yourself, and time with your loved ones.

Happy Holidays from all of us at MyPostalUniforms.com.

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Top Tips for Sun Protection

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One of the biggest concerns for outdoor workers in the summer is their exposure to the sun. The sun provides many excellent benefits, including vitamin D. But it also can cause many adverse side effects, both short and long term. That’s why it is extremely important to stay safe from the sun, and we’re here to give you some tips on how.

 

  • The top tip we have that you’ve likely heard many times is to make sure you wear sunscreen. You’ll want to make sure you use SPF 15 or higher to protect yourself from most of the sun’s rays. Make sure you cover all of your exposed skin. This includes your face and neck. And do not forget to reapply sunscreen. Your skin uses up the active ingredients, so new sunscreen should be applied every two hours.
  • Wear protective clothing. Where your hair parts can get sunburned, too! A hat not only protects your head, but can help with your neck and eyes. Sunglasses are also key to sun protection. While pants and long sleeves are a good defense, they are often not feasible in the hot summer sun.
  • Try to keep to the shade. Letter carriers in particular are very likely to be outdoors when the sun’s rays are at their strongest. Since this cannot be avoided, keep to the shade for some extra protection.
  • Pay extra attention if you work near water or sand. The sun reflects off these surfaces which can cause further damage to your skin. You may need to reapply sunscreen more often.
  • Take note of the UV index. Most weather websites will post the UV index. You can use this to plan your day. A higher UV index means higher damage likely from the sun, while a lower UV index means minor damage.

Sun protection is something that should be taken very seriously. Keep a close eye on your skin for any changes and report them to your doctor. Keep sunscreen with you while you’re working. MyPostalUniforms.com offers several options when it comes to sunscreen. Our sunscreen towelettes contain non-greasy sunscreen that is perspiration resistant. Each towelette covers commonly exposed areas of an average-sized adult. This item is portable and lightweight. The sunscreen dispenser system can be mounted at facilities and used on the way to a route.

Stay safe out there!

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Beat the Heat this Summer

pexels-photo-large (1)July is underway, which means brighter sun, higher humidity, and hotter temperatures. Working as a letter carrier is a tough job under normal conditions, but it becomes even more challenging during extreme weather, including the summer sun and heat. Not only is it a challenge, it can also be extremely dangerous if you don’t take the proper precautions. Luckily we’ve put together this helpful guide to keep you as cool as possible this summer.

  1. Always make sure to dress correctly for the weather. Lightly colored and lightweight clothing should be worn at all times. Hats are great for keeping the sun off your head and neck.
  2. Keep hydrated. This may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised at how easy it is to become dehydrated in the heat. Drink before, during, and after your shift. Freeze water bottles the night before so you’ll have a large supply of cold water throughout the day.
  3. Keep in the shade as much as possible. Direct sunlight makes a bigger difference than you would think. If you run into customers along your route you may even ask if you can cut through their yards to stick to the shaded areas.
  4. Keep a small fan in your truck if your vehicle doesn’t have air conditioning. To cool off further, use some water to get your face and neck damp before sitting in front of the fan.
  5. Invest in some specialty items that can help you stay cool such as a neck cooling wrap. You can freeze these items overnight then keep them wrapped around your head or neck for comfort.
  6. Fill a spray bottle with cold water and spray yourself with it throughout your shift. If you can re-fill it do so, but make sure it’s cold water to get the full effects.
  7. During your lunch break get inside somewhere that has air conditioning for a longer cool off. This can help you get through the last few hours of your shift.
  8. If you have long hair be sure to tie it up. Hair resting against the back of your neck can make you feel significantly hotter.
  9. Don’t restrict a fan to your truck; bring a portable one on your route! This is particularly helpful on days without wind.
  10. Try to have a positive attitude. It can be tough when you’re stuck out in the boiling heat, but a change in attitude can really make a difference. Turn it into a joke. It won’t change the temperature, but it can make it more bearable.

In addition to keeping cool, you also have to keep track of your body while in the sun. Heat stress and heat stroke are very real problems that you need to keep an eye on. If you begin experiencing headaches, dizziness, nausea, confusion, fatigue, or muscle cramps, you need to seek assistance right away. Call your supervisor or, if appropriate, 911. Don’t take a risk when it comes to your health, as heat related illness can kill you. If caught early enough you may not need medical attention. Stop activity, move to a cool location, and drink water or sports drinks. If symptoms do not improve, you will need to seek medical attention.

Good luck out there this summer!

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Beat the Rain

pexels-photo-largeSpring is a popular time of year. The temperatures are rising and everything is starting to bloom. The downside to all this is that spring often comes with a lot of rain. Letter carriers have to deal with this rain on a regular basis. It can seem impossible to keep the mail, and yourself, dry.

While there’s no foolproof method to keeping dry in the rain, there are things you can do that will help.

Dress for the weather. This is by far your best defense against the rain. Your first line of defense should be a high quality rain coat. This can be a parka, a jacket, a coat…whatever it is you need to keep dry. If you want to stay as a dry as possible, go for waterproof over water resistant. When choosing one make sure you read the details, as you’ll want a coat that is breathable to prevent you from getting too warm. To keep properly dry you’ll also want to invest in some waterproof pants. These can be worn over your normal pants to keep your legs nice and dry.

And don’t forget about your feet. It’s hard to be comfortable when your feet are soaked through. There’s a few options to choose from here. You may decide to go for rubber boots, a classic item to help you stay dry. If you love your current postal shoes though, you may instead invest in rubber overshoes to fit over your comfortable work shoes. For a final line of defense, go for some waterproof socks in case water manages to get past your shoes.

You may also choose to invest in a hat or disposable raincoats for unexpected showers. These are also great ways to keep dry on the job.

Protect the mail. Yes, some of the mail is going to get wet. This is N1026533inevitable. This doesn’t mean you should disregard the mail completely. Make the effort to keep the mail you are delivering as dry as possible. This can be particularly difficult if you have a walking route. You might choose to attempt using an umbrella while on your route, but this can be challenging while on the job. Keep the flap on your satchel over the mail as you walk, and if you’re carrying any keep it against your chest to keep it as dry as possible. This has limited effectiveness, but it is better than nothing.

One of the most efficient ways to keep mail dry is to invest in a postal cape. It can be placed over the rest of your uniform, and since it has an opening in the front you will be able to hold the mail under it while you walk. This will keep the mail as dry as possible until you deliver it.

N1023738Have a positive attitude. Decide you don’t care if it rains. Instead, enjoy when it rains. Find humor in the rain. It may surprise you just how much a positive attitude can change how you feel about something unpleasant. You chose this profession knowing you’d have to deliver in the rain, so try and accept it and make the best of the situation.

Check out MyPostalUniforms.com for our selection of postal items that will help you keep dry in the rain.

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Spectacular Spring Selections

The first day of spring is officially behind us. Have you found yourself stuck with uniform items that are perfect for the cold of winter and the warmth of summer, but not the in between temperatures of spring? Not to worry, because MyPostalUniforms.com has a wide selection of spring uniforms that are sure to fit your needs. Our spring uniform items will keep you protected from the frequent rains and the chilly breeze without making you overheated as winter outerwear would. You can find our selection of spring uniforms here. Read on to see what our favorite items are this spring!

N1026554b (1)Postal Windbreaker

When the rain starts falling on a regular basis, you need something to keep you dry. It is lightweight and water resistant, making it the perfect selection for those cool spring days. The windbreaker features two large front patch pockets. These patch pockets have side compartments and reflective material, which makes it easier for letter carriers to be seen. The USPS insignia is sewn onto the windbreaker, making letter carriers easy to identify. This high quality product is made right here in the USA and makes a great addition to your wardrobe.

N1026740Rubber Overshoes and Boots

Rubber boots are very effective at what they do, but may not give your feet the same support your regular postal shoes do. Get the best of both worlds by investing in these rubber overshoes and boots! They will stretch easily over your work shoes so you don’t have to sacrifice support and comfort just to keep your feet dry. These overshoes are seamless and provide 100% waterproof protection. The cleated outsoles provide slip resistance, which will help keep the wearer safe in rainy conditions. Invest in a product that will keep you dry and keep you safe.

N1027784oPostal Waterproof Parka

Keeping yourself the right temperature, dry, and comfortable are all very important while you’re on the job. Luckily this waterproof parka does all three of those things! The Sympatex liner is both waterproof and windproof while remaining breathable. This product will keep you warm from cool spring weather without overheating you as winter outerwear does. This garment, made in the USA, is made to last. You can be sure you’ll get many years out of this waterproof parka! Find our full selection of sizes by following the link above.

N1027200SealSkinz Postal Waterproof Socks

Sometimes, even when you do everything right, water will get past your shoes. When that happens make sure you’re wearing our SealSkinz postal waterproof socks! They are designed to keep your feet dry no matter what. These are great for rainy days to act as extra protection. No one wants to work for an entire day with soaking wet feet. You can purchase these socks in several sizes. You may also be interested in the Chillblocker socks, which have a cozy, fleece lining to keep your feet dry as well as warm.

N1026536bNEESE-TEX Rainwear

Keep rain and wind out while allowing perspiration to escape with this groundbreaking product. Not only will you stay nice and dry, but your body will remain cool in warmer conditions. This rainwear is great for all types of weather, and can be purchased as either a parka or trousers. Each piece of rainwear includes a reflective postal ribbon for extra safety in those rainy conditions. Choose between men’s and women’s styles for both the parka and the trousers. Keep the rain at bay with this high quality uniform item.

 

This is just a taste of the spring items we have to offer. Browse our site to check out all our spring uniform items!

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Top Picks for Winter Specialties

Winter is still in full swing. By now we’re sure most of you have stocked up on winter uniform items, but do you have specialty items to make your job easier in winter? MyPostalUniforms.com has a great selection of non-reimbursable winter specialty items for letter carriers! These products help you to deal with the cold, snow, ice, and more.

Below we’ve picked our absolute favorite specialty items. Take a look and consider investing a bit of extra money to make your job a little bit easier.

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While working all day, you want to be comfortable and dry. This product will help you achieve that. The microfiber polyester fabric will pull the sweat away from your body to the surface of the fabric. Here it evaporates, which will leave your skin cool and dry. It also acts as an ideal base layer on cold days. We have options for both upper body and lower body protection.

S1000176Hand and Toe Heaters

Sometimes socks and gloves just aren’t enough for cold winter weather. Heaters can be placed in pockets or shoes for extra warmth. They’re sold in pairs and are guaranteed to provide you with five hours of warmth or more. These heaters can get very warm, giving you relief from the bitter winter cold and winds. We cannot recommend them enough! A little extra warmth really goes a long way.

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Keep snow and ice off your vehicle with this high quality product. Nobody enjoys scraping windows and cleaning off vehicles. By investing in covers, you can avoid the headache and save yourself time. Use covers for the windows of your vehicle and even your mirrors. If your truck is parked outside overnight, this is perfect for you.

N1027192bSno Pro

If you don’t want to invest in a windshield cover, you’re going to have to clean off your vehicle yourself. Something that many people tend to forget is that snow gathers on more than just the windshields. The Sno Pro allows you to clean the entire body of a vehicle without fear of damaging the paint. The handle extends to 48” so you can easily reach the top of your vehicle as well!

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Being safe in winter weather is extremely important. Letter carriers spend the majority of their shifts walking around outside, but they also are required to do a lot of driving. These tire chains will improve your traction on snow and ice. Turn corners and brake more safely by driving with these high quality chains.

 

These are just a few of the many non-reimbursable specialty items we have that will make winter easier on you. You can find the rest here. Take care of yourself out there!

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Stay Safe in Snowy Conditions

lettercarrierouterwearThe recent snowstorm has made mail delivery tough, and it’s a good reminder that delivering the mail can be a dangerous task. Remember that if conditions appear to be unsafe for mail delivery, don’t take the risk. We’ve put together some guidelines for you to follow to help judge if an area is too unsafe for mail delivery.

  1. Check to see if there is a path to the mailbox. Trudging through knee high snow is going to only make you wet and cold. In addition, there’s no way of knowing what may be under the snow. An obstacle you cannot see can cause you to trip and injure yourself.
  2. If stairs need to be climbed, make sure it is safe to do so. This includes looking for snow and ice and ensuring railings are usable if you need to use them. Make sure to check any overhangs as well. Snow and icicles could be hanging there precariously and may fall at any moment.
  3. If you are delivering to curbside mailboxes, ensure that enough snow has been cleared for you to drive to the mailbox. You don’t want your vehicle to become stuck.
  4. Keep an eye on icy sidewalks. If someone’s sidewalk is a sheet of ice, it is not safe to trek across. If you fall and injure yourself, you may not be able to get back up. In winter this can have very severe consequences.
  5. Use your judgment. Many of you have been delivering the mail for a long time. Know what you can handle and what you cannot. Don’t push your limits when it comes to your safety. If you know a route is not safe for you, then don’t use it!

January is nearly over, but there’s already the threat of another winter storm next week. Stay safe out there!

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Favorite Fall Finds

We’re right in the middle of fall. It will be some time before the cold winter temperatures reach us, but the warm summer air is long gone by now. That’s why today we want to feature some of our favorite uniform items for the fall! Each of the items we will be describing today are great choices for the cooling fall temperatures without being too warm to wear on routes, behind the counter, or while handling mail!

 

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The first item we’ve chosen to share with you are the letter carrier sweaters. All of our sweaters are sure to keep you warm as the temperatures fall. We have two different options for letter carriers to choose from. The first is our jersey knit carrier sweater. This union made sweater has a zippered front along with two pockets for your convenience. Our bulky knit carrier sweater is a great item to wear when the seasons are changing. It features a bulky knit and also has a zipper as well as two pockets. Both of these sweaters are sure to provide you with some extra warmth this fall. They transition well into the winter season as well! You can browse all these sweater options via this link.

 

 

One of our favorite items that we’d like to take some time to talk N1026555babout is the postal jacket with zip-out liner. It works well for all seasons, so this versatile uniform item can serve you year round! The jacket has an elastic waist band and pockets, and features reflective material on the pockets and back. This makes it easier to see, giving extra safety for anyone wearing it. Need something a bit warmer? All you have to do is zip the insulted liner in when you need it to make the jacket warmer! This is a great choice for those unpredictable fall temperatures. You can find more details about this jacket here.

 

 

 

You can use this next item to get some protection from the bitter fallN1026554b winds. Our postal windbreaker will help keep both the wind and rain at bay! Made in the USA, you can be sure this quality item gives you the protection you need. It features a light but durable Supplex® Nylon shell. This will help with the wind, while the water resistant material keeps the cold rain off you while you work. The two large pockets have side compartments and reflective material to provide extra safety. The USPS insignia is sewed into the chest so you can show off your postal pride! Check it out here.

 

 

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Stay snug and comfortable with our next item, the women’s retail clerk polo shirt! These long sleeved shirts are 60% cotton and 40% polyester, so you can be sure they will be comfortable. The three-button placket allows you a bit more temperature control, and the eyelets allow for a name badge to be easily attached. This shirt will allow you to be comfortable and warm at the same time! Follow this link to get all the details about this union made product! And don’t worry men, because there’s an option for you as well on our website.

 

 

We’ve got another great fall item for window clerks to show off! Our N1026561bwindow clerk sweaters are sure to keep you toasty as the temperatures get closer and closer to freezing. Again, we have two types of sweaters we want to feature. The first is our window clerk cardigan sweaters. These unisex sweaters have a button down front so they can fit over other shirts easily. It also features eyelets on the front panels so you may easily place a name badge there. The jacquard knit is designed to keep you warm while you work, and this item is made here in the USA. Our window clerk sweater vest is also made here in the USA. It is also made with jacquard knit to keep the owner warm. It is sleeveless and pocketless, with eyelets for name badges. It offers a very classic look that we’re sure you will love. You can find both here.

 

The last item we want to show off today is our postal work N1026540sweatshirts. These sweatshirts are both union made and made in the USA! They are both durable so you can get your work done, and warm so you can get it done comfortably! They feature a zipper front as well as two pockets. The hood will protect your ears and face from the brisk fall winds. This sweatshirt is a great alternative to outerwear for those chilly but not too cold fall days. Follow this link to order yours, today!

 

 

 

That does it for our featured fall items! We hope you love them as much as we do!

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New 2015-2016 Postal Uniform

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The brand new 2015-2016 uniform catalog is now available! We put out this catalog every year to make it easy for you to browse and purchase the uniform items you need. This year we’ve expanded our catalog to feature more of the products you love. In addition to categories such as letter carrier, retail operations, and work clothes, we now have categories for non-reimbursable items, stamps, and more!

We wanted to give you a quick rundown on some of the main categories in this year’s catalog.

Under our letter carrier/ motor vehicle operators category, you will find a variety of uniform options for all types of conditions. Shirts, belts, shorts, trousers, and hats are all included in this category. In this category you will also find quality outerwear that is perfect for whatever season you need, complete with a weather chart to make it even easier to browse. This category ensures you will have all the items you need while out on your route, whether it is spring, summer, fall, or winter.

Our stamps page in our catalog is meant to convey information about a service we believe is often overlooked. This page of our catalog shows that we have a large selection of stamps available on eBuy2. Whether you want something more standard such as a counter stamp or you’re looking for a custom stamp, we can help!

While browsing our retail operations category, you will find great uniform items to suit your needs. Browse shirts, maternity shirts, pants, polos, and additional accessories! We also have a great selection of work clothes such as t-shirts, denim shirts, and more! When checking out the footwear category, browse by your favorite brands! Do the same thing when it comes to gloves!

The largest new section in this year’s catalog is our non-reimbursable items. These products are not reimbursable with the USPS uniform allowance card. However, these items are sure to make your job easier. This category covers items for letter carriers, rural carriers, and more! Here’s some examples of items that fall into this category: disposable ponchos, cooling towel, bottle clip, sew-on patches, key rings, route vests, carrier safety strobe, hand and toe warmers, dog repellent, postal rings, and much more!

Our catalog also has handy extras such as size charts. There’s tons to enjoy with this great 2015-2016 uniform catalog. You can view our catalog digitally, or request a free print copy, today!

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