April is National Safe Digging Month

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April is National Safe Digging Month. April marks the start of the spring planting season and we want to share with you how to protect you, your property and those around you. When you start your projects around the house, remember to add 811 to the top of your list.

How does adding 811 to my list help? It’s another step to getting my yard to award winning caliber. While it’s true that calling 811 does add another step to getting that perfect yard, it is the most important step you can take. Calling 811 before you dig for any reason saves lives, saves property, and it saves you from causing your entire neighborhood to be without power, internet or phone service. Imagine being without internet service, especially right now when so many people are relying on it to work from home or to home school their children. Losing internet or power will cause additional stress to everyone on your block.

Is it really that simple? Calling 811 can save all of this from happening? Yes, it is absolutely that simple. Call 811, just those three numbers and an agent will take your information. They’ll ask for your name, your project location, the type of work you are doing, what tools you’ll be using and how long you expect the work to take. Then what? Texas811 will then notify the utilities that have underground lines in your project area. Please remember though, that you can’t yet dig. The Texas One Call Law requires a 48 hour waiting period between locate request submission and when digging begins. This gives the utility owners time to have their lines located and marked in your project area.

flagsThe utility locators have marked lines that are buried and you have an all clear to dig. Be mindful of those marks as you dig, keeping a safe distance from those areas, you can now dig to plant that tree, set that fence post or install that sprinkler system at no cost to you.

April is the time here in Texas to build that perfect paradise on your property for the coming spring and summer. Please join us in doing it the right way. The safe way. Celebrate national safe digging month by taking the proper steps to ensure that you aren’t putting yourself or your neighbors in jeopardy of lost critical services.

 

- Jennifer Pratt

Program Manager for the DPC of Texas

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