With winter coming, residents with mailboxes at the street should check for proper mounting height and distance that they are set back from the curb. The front of the mailbox should be set back six to eight inches from the curb and the height from the ground to the bottom of the mailbox should be 41 to 45 inches. By following these guidelines it aids in snow removal windrowing operations where the plows need to be next to the curb.
Mounting posts should also be checked to make sure they are sturdy and not loose or deteriorated. The Federal Highway Administration recommends the post be made of wood, no bigger than four by four inches or a two inch diameter standard steel or aluminum post. They do not recommend heavy metal pipes or posts made of concrete or brick.