Postmaster Asks You Check Your Mailbox


By Paul Johnson

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - The Post Office is asking all Twin Falls area homeowners to inspect, clean and repair their mailboxes. Postmaster Johny Wiest said, “Repairing mailboxes improves the appearance of our community and makes delivering and receiving mail safer for our customers and carriers,” The Postal Service makes this annual request because of the wear and tear that occurs to mailboxes every year, especially after the effects of last winter. Wiest also asks customers to look for and remove any beehives or wasp nests they may find, and to be careful when doing so.

“Every year our carriers report seeing lots of wasp nests and beehives in and under mailboxes,” said Wiest.

Wiest recommends the following spring cleaning tips for your mailbox:

• If your mailbox is mounted on a pole or post, check its stability and make sure it is properly anchored.
• Your mailbox identifies your address, not only for the letter carrier but for the police, the fire department, emergency workers and other service providers. Make sure your address appears on both sides of the mailbox, so people who need to find you can do so, and so can your mail.
• Check the door and its hinges. Make sure it closes properly to keep your mail in and the wind and rain out.
• Do you see any sharp edges or nails sticking out? Protect your own hands as well as those of your letter carrier, by filing them off. Also sand and repaint or replace your mailbox if it’s rusty — you don’t want to have to get a tetanus shot, and neither does your letter carrier.

The Postal Service requires “USPS Approved” curbside mailboxes whenever a mailbox is newly installed or replaced. You can find them at most hardware stores. Customers may use a customer-built mailbox if the Postmaster gives prior approval and if the mailbox generally conforms to the same specifications as approved manufactured mailboxes. Contact your local Post Office before erecting a custom-built mailbox.

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