AUDIO: Busy times for USPS

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Dec 11, 2013 at 11:07 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) We're now inside of two weeks until Christmas, which means it's the busiest time of the year for the U.S. Postal Service.

Spokesman Pete Nowacki in St. Paul tells KNSI News, "we're going high guns. We always look at this as our time to shine."

Nowacki says the Postal Service typically handles about 545 million pieces of mail nationwide on an average day, but during the holidays, that number bumps up to more than 600-million pieces. 

Nowacki says if you're mailing a package for the holidays, make sure it's in a, "nice strong, sturdy box." He says make sure to use plenty of padding inside to protect the contents. And remove any batteries from electronic items before you seal the box up. 

Nowacki says in order for first-class dometic mail to arrive at its destination by Christmas, it needs to be in the mail no later than December 20th. 

He also reminds homeowners to keep their sidewalks and stepped shoveled, and to throw down some salt or sand if its icy to keep mail carriers safe. 

Nowacki says these are busy times for the Postal Service

Nowacki on the mail volume increase they see during the holidays

Nowacki has some holiday packaging tips

Nowacki says some holiday mailing deadlines are fast approaching

Nowacki comments on the challenges of door to door mail delivery in bitterly cold weather

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