April is “National Safe Digging Month,” so if you’re planning some spring projects, such as planting a tree or installing a fence, the Florida Public Service Commission reminds you that smart digging means calling 8-1-1 before each job.
Homeowners often make risky assumptions about whether or not to get their utility lines marked, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, which supports the 8-1-1 campaign. Even simple digging jobs can damage utility lines, disrupt vital neighborhood services, or harm those who dig and result in expensive fines and repair costs.
The Federal Communications Commission has designated 8-1-1 as the national “Call Before You Dig” number. By calling 8-1-1, local Sunshine State One Call Center personnel notify affected utility companies to dispatch crews to mark your underground utility lines. Utility markings show those who dig the approximate location of underground lines and help prevent undesired consequences.
“Both professional contractors and homeowners should call 8-1-1 and follow the safe digging process to help prevent injuries, property damage, and inconvenient outages,” said PSC Chairman Ronald Brisé. “It’s a free, easy call that can save you expensive penalties and repair costs.”
So remember to call before you dig, not only during National Safe Digging Month, but every month. Then wait the required time for your underground facilities to be marked and dig with care!
For more information on the 8-1-1 campaign, visit www.call811.com or access the PSC’s brochure on Natural Gas Utility Regulation in Florida at www.floridapsc.com.
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