U.S. Postal Service asks Detroit homeowners to fix their mailboxes

Posted at 4:23 AM, May 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-21 04:23:55-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — The U.S. Postal Service is asking that all Detroit-area homeowners fix their mailboxes during Mailbox Improvement Week.

According to District Manager Karlett Gilbert, the Postal Service makes this annual request due to the wear and tear that happens to mailboxes every year, especially after the winter season.

“Repairing suburban and rural mailboxes improves the appearance of our community and makes delivering and receiving mail safer for our carriers and customers,” says Gilbert.

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,” said Gilbert.
“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 their local Post Office to ensure it conforms to guidelines applying to flag, size, strength and quality of construction.”

Mailbox Improvement Week runs May 19th to the 25th.