It's spring! Buds are on the trees. Flowers are beginning to bloom. It's time to spruce things up around the house and yard, to put winter behind us and make everything look its best.

Don't forget to take a look at your mailbox. Many times, the mailbox is the first thing people see when they come to visit you. An attractive, well-maintained mailbox adds to the beauty of your home and community, and protects your mail from the elements. Here are some spring cleaning tips:

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.

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.

The Postal Service™ requires approved traditional or contemporary curbside mailboxes whenever a mailbox is installed or replaced. You can find them at most hardware stores. You may use a customer-built curbside box if the postmaster gives prior approval and if the mailbox generally conforms to the same specifications as approved manufactured mailboxes. Contact us before erecting a custom-built mailbox.

If you have questions or want more information about mailboxes, come see us at your local Post Office™ or call 800-ASK-USPS (800-275-8777).

Millstone Post Office
7:30 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday
9-10:30 a.m. Saturday