April is national Safe Digging Month, and Edison Electric Institute and our members would like to remind you to dial 811 before you begin digging.
Dialing 811 is a crucial step in reducing the risk of serious injury and service interruption. Whether it is you or a hired professional planning to dig, making the call to 811 at least two days in advance is highly encouraged in order to give your electric company adequate time to locate pipes or power lines.
In 2016 alone, the Common Ground Alliance, a national association that promotes 811, estimated nearly 350,000 occurrences in which damage was caused by unsafe digging. In fact, there are more than 20 million miles of underground pipes and power lines in the United States alone. By dialing 811, the chance of causing damage is reduced to less than 1 percent.
By dialing 811, you will be directly connected to your state “One Call” call center to inform the operator of your planned digging location. This will then notify the local electric companies of the intent to dig, and a professional locater will arrive on site to appropriately mark locations of underground lines or pipes.
Please be sure to dial 811 before you begin your next digging project and always respect the lines and markings to avoid putting you and your community at risk.
For more information on safe digging practices and procedures, please visit call811.com.