Mailbox Improvement Week arrives in time for spring cleaning

The U.S. Postal Service is asking all homeowners in Mississippi to inspect and repair their mailboxes during Mailbox Improvement Week, May 17–23.

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

“The Postal Service makes this annual request because of the wear and tear that occurs to mailboxes every year,” adds Johnson.

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 Johnson. “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.”

Information on the use of names or numbers on mailboxes, or answers to any other questions, can be obtained from your local postmaster.

The Mississippi District serves ZIP Codes 369 and 386-397.

The Postal Service does not receive tax dollars for operating expenses; it relies entirely on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.