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Postal Service promoting repair and inspection during Mailbox Improvement Week

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS -- The United States Postal Service is asking all homeowners 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," Postal Service Communications Programs Specialist Kim Yates said.

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 the winter," Yates said.

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

* Replacing loose hinges on a mailbox door,

* Repainting the mailbox that may have rusted or started peeling,

* Remounting a mailbox post if loosened, and

* 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 mailboxes," Yates said. "Customers should be careful when purchasing curbside mail receptacles because of the use of unapproved boxes is prohibited. Customers may use a custom-built mailbox, but they must consult with the Postal Service to ensure it conforms to guidelines applying to flag, size, strength and quality of construction."

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