Wednesday, April 12, 2017

National Safe Digging Month, You Dig?

April is National Safe Digging Month, a time when many homeowners, residents and contractors dig, excavate, build, landscape and garden. If there are plans to dig on your property at any time, whether it’s for fence posts, trees, gardening, home addition or whatever, always call to get your utility lines located and marked first. Call 811 Before You Dig! Better safe than sorry…

Plan ahead. Call 811, the national safe digging hotline, before you dig. MLGW, cable and phone companies will come out and mark your utility and gas lines for free. Always allow 72 hours (three business days) for your lines to be marked before any digging. Take a photo of the markings, but call again for future digs.

Always check to make sure your contractor has had your lines located and marked before you allow them to begin a job that involves digging. Striking an unmarked underground gas line or electrical line can be deadly, and your utility lines could be at any depth. Call 811 Before You Dig. It’s the law! And it’s smart… For more details, visit

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