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April is National Safe Digging Month
Now that spring is here, you may be planning your landscaping and gardening projects. April is National Safe Digging Month, and EEI and our member companies would like to remind you to always call 8-1-1 at least 72 hours before you dig. 

You must call 8-1-1 before starting even small projects, like installing a fence or a mailbox. When you call 8-1-1, the call center will alert your local utility operators, and they will come mark the approximate locations of underground utility lines in your project area with paint or flags. 

Please be patient and plan ahead – it generally takes two to three days for utility operators to respond. Stay at least two feet away from the utility line markings while digging. 

Remember that calling 8-1-1 protects you and your community. An underground utility line is hit every three minutes nationwide, according to the Common Ground Alliance (CGA), an association that works to prevent damage to underground utility infrastructure. Hitting a buried line can disrupt utility service, cost money to repair, and/or cause serious injury or death. By making a simple call, you can help prevent injuries, property damage, and inconvenient utility outages. 

CGA established National Safe Digging Month in 2007 to raise public awareness about underground safety. Remember to always call 8-1-1 before you dig this month and all year long. 

For more information on safe digging practices, visit the Call 811 website and watch this video​ on EEI’s YouTube page.