April is National Safe Digging Month

April is National Safe Digging Month

Construction season is here, whether it’s been in full swing for a few weeks or whether the snow has just relented and released yards and work sites in your area. April has been recognized by many in the industry as National Safe Digging Month. It’s an important reminder that every digging project has the potential to damage an underground utility. It happens every 9 minutes! And that damage can cause injury, outages, and inconvenience to all the property owners in the area.

How can you and your customers avoid the dangers of accidentally hitting underground utilities when digging? Call 811, the national call-before-you-dig number. One call will help you connect with all the utilities in your area, who will schedule representatives to come out and mark the location of natural gas pipelines, electrical lines, cable, and all other utilities. Once these lines are marked, your project can move forward without the worry of accidental damage.

Call 811 before every digging project, whether it be to plant shrubs, set new fencepost footings, or begin a new construction project. Keep yourself and your neighborhood safe and everyone’s utilities up and running properly.