The U.S. Postal Service is asking homeowners to inspect and repair their mailboxes during Mailbox Improvement Week, May 19–25.
According to a press release, the Postal Service makes this annual request because of the wear and tear that occurs to mailboxes every year.
Some of the 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.
· Replacing or adding house numbers.
If a homeowner plans to install a new mailbox or replace a worn one, he or she must use only Postal Service–approved traditional, contemporary or locking full/limited service mailboxes. Customers must be careful when purchasing curbside mail receptacles because the use of unapproved boxes is prohibited. Customers may use a custom-built mailbox, but they should consult with the local Postmaster to ensure it conforms to guidelines applying to flag, size, strength and quality of construction.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.