Reading, PA – April is National Safe Digging Month, an initiative of the Common Ground Alliance focused on raising awareness about safe digging practices to help prevent property damage, injuries and inconvenient outages. UGI reminds professional excavators and do-it-yourself homeowners to call 8-1-1 at least three days before starting a digging project to have underground utilities marked.
When making the free call to 8-1-1, callers are connected to their local one-call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations underground lines with flags or paint.
Pennsylvania law requires a call to your local One Call (811) Center whether residents are conducting major landscaping or minor digging projects. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call to 811. Installing a mailbox, putting in a fence, building a deck and even small projects like planting trees or shrubs are all examples of digging projects that require a call to 8-1-1 before starting.
“Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages. In fact, third-party excavation damage is the number one cause of pipeline damage involving death or serious injury,” said Joseph Swope, Manager – Utility Communications, UGI Utilities. “National Safe Digging Month provides us with an opportunity to remind homeowners and contractors to call 811 before digging to prevent the risk of striking an underground utility line.”
UGI Utilities’ headquarters is located in Reading, Pennsylvania. The utility serves more than 648,000 natural gas and electric customers in eastern and central Pennsylvania. Additional information about UGI is available at ugi.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/ugiutilities or Twitter at twitter.com/ugi_utilities.