May 19, 2022
ILLINOIS — The U.S. Postal Service is asking all homeowners to inspect and repair their mailboxes during Mailbox Improvement Week, May 15–21.
“Repairing suburban and rural mailboxes improves the appearance of local communities and makes delivering and receiving mail safer for our carriers and customers,” said postal spokesperson Sean Hargadon.
The Postal Service makes this annual request because of the wear and tear that occurs to mailboxes every year. “This is especially important after the effects of last winter,” adds Hargadon.
Some typical activities homeowners may need to do include:
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 must consult with my 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 directly.
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.