Spring is in the air. People are starting to get out in their yards and begin spring clean up. That may include projects such as building a new fence or installing a new mail box. Both of these task should involve calling 811 to verify the location of underground utilities.
April is National Safe Digging Month. Careless digging poses a threat to people, pipelines and other underground facilities, so in April, we highlight the importance of safe digging to remind homeowners and contractors about the dangers that reckless digging can cause.
Each year, damage to underground facilities results in incidents that include injuries and fatalities. To help ensure your safety, you are required to call 811—a toll-free, one-call notification center—48 to 72 hours before beginning any excavation or digging projects. By calling 811, you can verify the location of any underground facilities in and around your excavation site, such as hazardous liquid and natural gas pipelines, telecommunications systems, electrical utilities, sewer pipelines and water pipelines.
Remember, the required call even applies to small projects like planting trees and shrubs and installing mailboxes and swing sets. It doesn’t matter how modest the project is, accidentally hitting an underground utility line or other facility can cause harm to you and those around you.
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