In an effort to raise awareness about the importance of having underground utility lines marked in advance of a digging project, April has been established as National Safe Digging Month.
Established by the Common Ground Alliance, the initiative focuses on safe digging practices to help homeowners prevent unnecessary property damage, injuries, or utility service outages.
“’Know what’s below’ is simple phrase that can make a significant difference,” Hans Bell, UGI Chief Operating Officer, said. “Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and outages that inconvenience communities. In fact, third-party excavation damage is the number one cause of natural gas pipeline damage involving death or serious injury. National Safe Digging Month provides us an opportunity to remind homeowners and contractors to call 8-1-1 before digging to prevent the risk of striking an underground utility line.”
In Pennsylvania, homeowners are required by law to make a FREE call to 8-1-1 to notify utility companies at least three business days before you plan to dig. So, whether you’re planning to build a new deck, install a mailbox, or landscape your property, make sure you get your utility lines marked.
To learn more about safe digging practices and working around your utility lines, visit www.ugi.com/811 today.