May 6, 2022

Mailbox Improvement Week (May 15-21) Arrives in Time for Spring Cleaning

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South Florida — The U.S. Postal Service is asking all South Florida homeowners to inspect and repair their mailboxes during Mailbox Improvement Week, May 15–21.

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 the community and makes delivering and receiving mail safer for carriers and customers.

Some of the typical activities that 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- or 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 must consult their local Post Office to ensure it conforms to guidelines applying to flag, size, strength, and quality of construction.

For more information on the use of names or numbers on mailboxes, or answers to any other questions, contact your local Post Office.

The Postal Service generally receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products, and services to fund its operations.



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