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Time to repair your maiboxes at your home

The U.S. Postal Service is asking all homeowners to inspect and repair their mailboxes during Mailbox Improvement week, May 19-25.

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

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.

Some of the typical activities that may need to be done include:

• Replacing loose hinges on a mailbox door.

• Repainting a mailbox that may have rusted or started peeling.

• Remounting a mailbox post if loosened.

• 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. Generally, mailboxes should be installed at a height of 41-45 inches from the road surface to the bottom of the mailbox or point of mail entry.

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

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