August 11th was national 8-1-1 day, so this month’s safety tips were all about the importance of calling before you dig! Not only is it the law, but it is also free and it ensures digging safety.
Be sure you know the facts about calling 8-1-1 before you begin to dig:
1. Call 8-1-1 three days in advance of any digging project, whether performing major excavation or minor landscaping- it’s the law! A FREE call gets all of your public utility lines marked to help protect you from injury and costly property damage.
2. Why call 8-1-1 before you dig? Underground power lines, communication cables, gas lines, water lines or other utilities may lie at various depths below the surface of your property or area of planned excavation. It is important to be safe before starting any digging or excavating by calling PA One Call and allowing time for utility companies to visit the area to mark the location of their underground facilities.
3. All your marks indicating the presence of underground utilities have a color. Each color has a specific meaning: White is proposed excavation; Pink is temporary survey markings; Red is electric power lines, cables, conduit and lighting cables; Yellow is gas, oil, steam, petroleum or gaseous materials; Orange is communication, alarm or signal lines, cables or conduit and traffic loops; Blue is potable water; Purple is reclaimed water, irrigation and slurry lines; Green is sewer and drain lines.
4. Remember that the locating of underground utility lines or facilities is not an exact science and location marks have varying degrees of required accuracy. These can range from 18 to 24 inches from the actual line or facility. Call 811 before you dig, and the lines will be marked.
5. A blocked sewer line may be the result of another utility line (i.e. gas, electric, telecommunications, and water) that has been bored through the sewer line. Please follow precautionary measures that we have outlined to help prevent accidents.
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