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Call 811 Before You Dig – It’s Free!

Who knew that planting a tree in your yard or digging holes for the supports on that new deck you are adding to your home could be a dangerous thing to do?

Unseen and rarely thought about: buried utility lines and pipes crisscross our streets and our yards just inches below us and puncturing or severing any of them can be expensive, or worse, deadly.

You would think the chances of hitting one of these lines would be slim but in fact one is hit every three minutes in the U.S., according to the Common Ground Alliance, who tracks these incidents.

Please be aware that you could incur fines from local regulators and be responsible for repair costs associated with fixing the damaged utility line as well as being held liable for any neighboring homes or businesses impacted by a utility outage as a result of your digging.

811, a national call center number, was created by the U.S. Department of Transportation to help professional excavators and contractors be aware of underground infrastructure.

You don’t have to be a professional to call. Anyone can call 811 and your local utilities will send out a professional to find, identify and mark off all buried utility lines – free of charge.

811 Know what’s below. Call before you dig.

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