Just in time for spring cleaning, the U.S. Postal Service requests community members inspect and repair their mailboxes during Mailbox Improvement Week, which falls between May 17-23.

Postmaster Andi Davis said the annual request comes from wear and tear on mailboxes each year.

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

Some mailbox repairs for homeowners, according to U.S.P.S., can 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. 

• Clearing in and around the mailbox to minimize insects.

Those who wish to install a new mailbox need only follow U.S. Postal Service guidelines, according to Davis.

“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 Davis. “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 or to ask questions about the use of names or numbers on mailboxes, contact the Duncan Post Office by calling 580-255-7226.

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