(01/03/14) - Simply running from your car to the house can be brutal on a day like Friday.
Imagine spending seven hours or more out in these conditions.
Don Singleton has been a letter carrier for 18 years. He gets the job done with enthusiasm and a smile.
"My job is an important one, we get to deliver mail to people and they expect us to be there," he said. "I love being outside. I like delivering the mail, but there are hazards to it."
On Friday, the main hazard was the below zero conditions.
Singleton spent a lot of time and covered a lot of ground on Flint's south side.
"A walking route like this can be 8-11 miles long and have maybe 2,000 steps. I'll spend 7 hours in the field today," he said.
Singleton moves fast to stay warm. He is efficient and friendly. Layering is the key to success - and survival.
"What you do is layer up. I have a wicking ware shirt, a regular postal shirt and a coat. I have the wind pants over my regular pants blocking the wind and keep me warm there. I have double gloves and a scarf to block my chin," he said.
He'll be sporting the weather gear for days to come, as mother nature continues to dish up a major blast of winter.
Post office customers are encouraged to clear ice and snow from their sidewalks and steps to help Singleton and his colleagues work efficiently and safely.
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