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Every Dig, Every Time, Call 811

29 Jul 2020

Summer’s warm weather brings out home repairs, construction, outdoor projects.

Whether you’re installing a fence or trimming tree limbs near a power line, think safety first—no matter the project, remember Coach John Wooden’s sage question, “if you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?”

As to-do lists are prepared and slowly checked-off, please keep these safety tips in mind.

SAFE DIGGING

Every digging project warrants a call to 811.

UGI reminds homeowners and professional contractors to call 811 at least three business days before undertaking home improvement projects that require excavation.

Installing a mailbox, building a deck and planting a tree or garden are all projects that should only begin a few days after a call to 811.

Calling 811 is FREE for homeowners and gets all your public utility lines marked to help protect you from injury and costly property damage. If you plan to dig, call 811.

LOOK UP AND LIVE

Look for overhead power lines when trimming trees and cleaning out gutters. Contact with an overhead wire with your body or conductive objects such as ladders, poles, and antennae can cause serious injury or death.

And never attempt to retrieve anything that is on or near a power line.

Always remember to “look up and live” when working around or near power lines – it could save your life!

For more information about safe digging, visit www.ugi.com/811 and follow UGI on Facebook and Twitter for weekly safety time.