Today is National 811 Safe Digging Day and National Grid is reminding everyone to call 811 before they start digging. Nationally, every nine minutes an underground utility line is damaged because they didn’t know what was underneath what they were digging.
“Whether you’re planting a tree or shrub, or installing a deck or pool, every job requires a call to 811 to know what’s below before digging,” said Mark Prewitt, Vice President of Pipeline Safety & Gas Compliance at National Grid. “The depth of utility lines can vary for several reasons, such as erosion, previous digging projects, and uneven surfaces. Utility lines need to be properly marked in each location, even one that’s previously been marked, to avoid risk. A call to 811 is the best safeguard to preventing strikes on underground utility lines.”
By calling 811 and finding out what is buried underneath you can protect yourself and family from striking utility lines that could cause injury, repair costs, fines, and outages.