Governor Rick Snyder has officially proclaimed Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, the 3rd annual ‘Shake Your Mailbox Day’ in Michigan.

The goal is to remind and encourage homeowners to make time each fall to prepare their mailbox for winter.

Heavy snowfalls in recent winters have led to an increase in the number of mailboxes damaged by heavy snow thrown from passing plows. This creates a frustrating situation for homeowners unable to receive their mail, and the road agencies blamed for the inconvenience. Many mailboxes damaged by thrown snow have become loose after years of use. Damage to these posts and receptacles could have been prevented by proper routine maintenance.

If your mailbox moves when shaken, this is likely an indication that the mailbox and/or post may not be able to withstand standard snow removal operations and should be repaired or replaced prior to the onset of winter. This is also a good time to replace loose hinges on the mailbox door and to replace or add reflective house numbers to allow postal workers and emergency responders to easily find your home.

Mailboxes are one of the only objects allowed by law to be placed in the road right-of-way. The location and construction of mailboxes must conform to the rules and regulations of the U.S. Postal Service and standards established by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).

To view CCRC’s mailbox policy, click here.

Questions? Send us an email, or call our office with any questions you may have. (269) 781-9841, or (800) 781-5512.