& Mailbox Flag Etiquette
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Use of the
The red flag is only used to signal to the mail carrier that
you have outgoing mail inside and you want him/her to stop and pick
it up. The mail
carrier puts the flag down to let you know he/she picked up the
put it up everyday, whether they have outgoing mail or not, but
this REALLY aggravates mail carriers because you made them stop,
and if you had no outgoing mail that day or no incoming mail either
you made them stop for nothing.
theft is rampant in some areas, many people are no longer leaving
outgoing mail in their mailboxes. It's safer to mail it at the post
office or in an official outgoing mail receptacle.
may not locate your curbside mailbox just anywhere. You need to
ask the mail carrier that delivers on your street where they need
it to be and how tall they need it to be installed. The clerk at
the window or the postmaster may not know and will have to consult
with the carrier who services your street anyway, so why not talk
to the right person in the first place?
In most areas
the mail carrier wants the mailbox to be 42" to 46" tall,
measuring from the pavement to the bottom edge of the mailbox door.
If you place it in the wrong place you run the risk of having to
move it. If you don't place it in a designated location the post
office can and will refuse to deliver mail to it. ASK your mail
carrier! If you can't get a hold of him/her then go to your local
Post Office for instructions.
If it's a new
subdivision, the post office does not have to deliver to your new
home until at least 50% of the homes are occupied. If it's a good
post office they will deliver to the very first home.
on the mailbox:
official statute asks for your address numbers to be applied on
the flag side of the mailbox, neatly applied in a contrasting color
at least 1" tall. Here in my area, if you don't have your numbers
on your mailbox, the mail carrier will use a magic marker and put
them on for you...Not too attractive!
Approved" (or not) Mailboxes:
of people receive their mail everyday in "non postmaster approved"
mailboxes. Did you know that ALL wall mounted mailboxes are NOT
When it comes
to mailboxes, it's just common sense. If the mailbox is large enough
(that IS VERY important!), the door is easy to insert mail into,
is easy to open and close and STAYS closed, has no sharp edges and
if you keep it maintained you will have a very happy mail carrier.
Carrier keeps "breaking" your mailbox:
the hint. Your mailbox is poorly constructed with a flimsy door
and/or too small and you need a larger or sturdier mailbox! If you
had to try to stuff wads of mail into a tiny mailbox at 500 homes
a day you'd go "postal" too!