Spring is just around the corner, and its a good time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and start making outdoor plans. Perhaps those plans include a new garden, a lawn makeover or a new fence. Whatever projects you're planning this spring, remember to keep safety in mind. Especially on those jobs that require digging near underground utilities.
Most of us never think about the electric, gas, water and other utilities buried below the ground, but hitting one of these while digging is not the reminder you’ll want––trust us! To avoid that, have the utilities marked using the one call 811 utility marking system. Call 811 at least three business days before you start. Or you can submit a request online by visiting www.call811.com/811-In-Your-State.
Here’s how the process works:
After you call 811 or submit your request online, all affected utilities will be notified of your intent to dig. The affected utilities will send someone to mark the buried utilities with paint or flags within three days. Before you break ground, confirm that all the utilities have responded to your request. If you placed your request by phone, use the process explained by your 811 call center representative. If you submitted your request online, refer to your 811 center ticket to confirm everything.
By taking this important step before you break ground on your project, you can help protect not only yourself but our community. Disrupting an underground utility line can interrupt service, cause injuries and cost money to repair, so remember to call 811 first and know what’s below.