|Shake Your Mailbox!
Posted: October 21, 2019
The Livingston County Road Commission is asking county residents to prepare for winter by shaking their mailbox.
Many homeowners have started the practice of changing batteries in smoke detectors and filters in furnaces when clocks are changed for daylight savings time and for the past few years local and state agencies are asking them not to forget their mailboxes.
The County Road Association of Michigan and the United States Postal Service joined forces for a statewide campaign, although the first day began in 2008.
In most cases where mailboxes are damaged the snowplow doesn't actually hit the mailbox. The force of snow thrown from the roadway is enough to knock down a loose mailbox. Damage to these posts and receptacles can often be prevented by proper routine maintenance.
Although the Road Commission has policies in place regarding replacement of mailboxes that have clearly been hit by a snowplow, the Road Commission has never assumed responsibility for mailbox damage caused by standard snow removal operations.
Taking the time to tighten screws and secure mailbox receptacles now can prevent serious headaches later.
If the mailbox moves when shaken, the mailbox and/or post may not withstand snow removal operations and should be repaired or replaced.
This also is 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, but they must conform to the rules and regulations of the U.S. Postal Service and standards established by the American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in the Roadside Design Guide.
Each year we find mailboxes erected during the summer that pose a serious roadside hazard to motorists and a liability risk for homeowners. Although milk cans filled with concrete, brick structures and other items are artistic, they present significant dangers to motorists.
A good shake could save your mailbox!