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Shake Your Mailbox

Shake Your Mailbox

Winter is approaching faster than we think, and soon snowplows will be out on the roads. To prevent mailbox damage this season, residents should shake their mailboxes before the snow comes.

Over time, mailbox posts can rot or become wobbly. Shaking a mailbox allows residents to know if it is secure. Snow from snowplows has a surprising force that can topple an unstable mailbox, so it’s important to make sure it’s placed securely in the ground.

Residents should prepare mailboxes for winter by tightening screws and ensuring the post and box are secure enough to endure large amounts of snow that is thrown. If the mailbox moves when shaken, the box may need to be repaired or replaced before winter.

County road agencies are not liable for damage done while fulfilling their regular duties and/or maintaining the roadway, except in limited situations like a direct hit. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Mecosta County Road Commission have policies in place regarding replacement of mailboxes that have been hit by a snowplow.

It is a resident’s responsibility to ensure his or her mailbox is secure. Damage to posts and receptacles can often be prevented by proper routine maintenance

If you have questions on mailbox maintenance, please contact the Mecosta County Road Commission


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