Before You Dig Call 811By Home Security Source Apr 29, 2011 | 10:00:00 amPosted in: DIY Safety
It’s spring and maybe you want to spruce up your home with a new pool, spa, deck or landscaping. Did you know that more than 100 billion feet of utilities run underground in the U.S.? If you hit a utility line while you are digging you can seriously hurt yourself, those around you or disrupt services to the entire area. In fact, in some cases you may be responsible for monetary damages or fines.
April is Safe Digging Month and the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) is a leading association that was created specifically to work with professionals and do-it-yourselfers to protect underground utility lines and ensure people’s safety while protecting the environment. CGA started the “Call Before You Dig” campaign that lets people know they need to call 811 before they dig. The 811 number is a federally-mandated national number created to get people the information they need before they start a project involving any type of exacvation.
People often do not want to take the time to call and get the necessary info, but that can be risky and dangerous. According to CGA every digging job requires a call. They say even small project like planting a tree or scrub can be dangerous and requires a call. According to CGA, smart digging means calling 811 before each job. Whether you are a homeowner or a professional excavator, one call to 811 gets your underground utility lines marked for FREE.
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