Oakland County encouraging residents to 'shake their mailboxes' to prepare for snow

Posted at 8:31 AM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-06 08:31:21-04

The Road Commission for Oakland County is asking residents who have mailboxes on a post adjacent to the road to prepare by shaking their mailboxes this month.

RCOC says that over time, mailbox posts can rot or become wobbly. Shaking a mailbox allows residents to know if it is secure. Snow from snowplows can topple an unsuspecting mailbox.

Residents should tighten screws and ensure the post and box are secure enough to endure large amounts of snow.

“Shaking your mailbox is an important way to avoid damage from the impact of flying snow this winter,” RCOC Managing Director Dennis Kolar said in a press release. “But, mailboxes and posts in good condition can withstand the force of plowed snow. By preparing beforehand, residents can ensure that their mailboxes are stable and safe this winter.”

“Our number-one job is to maintain a safe and efficient road and right of way system,” Kolar said. “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.”