April is considered Safe Digging Month and the New York State Public Service Commission is asking New Yorkers before they start digging in the ground, call 8-1-1.
“The Department continues promoting safe digging for all New Yorkers, which includes calling 811 before you dig,” said Commission Chair Rory M. Christian. “By participating in the National ‘Safe Digging Month,’ we remain committed to ensuring safe digging activities to the general public and professionals.”
State law requires excavators and contractors to call one of the State’s toll-free one-call centers before they begin to dig, excavate, or demolish for a project. However, the line is also available to homeowners to avoid hitting anything below.