More than forty percent of homeowners planning to dig for a DIY project will put themselves in danger by not call 811 before beginning, according to a survey conducted by the Common Ground Alliance (CGA). Digging without knowing the location of underground utilities like gas lines can result in serious injury, service disruptions and costly repairs.
April is National Safe Digging Month. It doesn't take much to stay safe as you start on a busy summer of outdoor projects.
Calling 811 is free, it’s easy and it’s the law
If you’re planning to dig, no matter how big or small, you should start with a call to 811.
- Plan ahead. Always call 811 at least two business days before digging.
- Consider moving the location of your project if it is near utility line markings.
- If a contractor has been hired, confirm that the contractor has called 811. Don’t allow work to begin if the lines aren’t marked.