USPS urges mailbox upkeep this week
The U.S. Postal Service is asking all homeowners to inspect and repair their mailboxes during Mailbox Improvement Week, May 21-27.
The Postal Service makes this annual request because of the wear and tear that occurs to mailboxes every year. Repairing suburban and rural mailboxes improves the appearance of communities and makes delivering and receiving mail safer for postal carriers and customers. Some typical activities homeowners may need to do include replacing loose hinges on a mailbox door, repainting a mailbox that may have rusted or has started to peel, remounting a loosened mailbox post and replacing or adding house numbers.
If installing a new mailbox or replacing a worn one, only Postal Service-approved traditional, contemporary, or locking full/limited service mailboxes should be used. Customers may use custom-built mailboxes, but they must consult with their local Post Office to ensure they conform to guidelines applying to flag, size, strength and quality of construction.