Remember to Call 8-1-1 Before You Dig
To raise awareness about the importance of safe digging and preventing accidental damage, April has been designated as National Safe Digging Month. Established by the Common Ground Alliance, the initiative focuses on homeowner awareness of safe digging practices to help prevent unnecessary property damage, injuries, or utility service outages.
As a homeowner, you’re required by Pennsylvania law to notify the underground utility companies before you use power equipment to dig. Whether you’re planning to build a new deck, install a mailbox, or landscape your property, make sure you get your utility lines marked. All it takes is one easy call to 8-1-1 before you dig.
After you’ve made your call, utility companies will mark where their underground lines are located with colored paint, chalk, or flags. If you see these flags in your yard, do not remove them. Also be aware that in some cases, utility companies may not mark the service lines you own.
Here’s the information you need when you call before you dig: