Sugar Land City Council issued a proclamation on April 15 supporting Safe Digging Month. The proclamation reminds homeowners to call 811 before starting any outdoor digging projects.
Calling 811 before digging can prevent injuries, property damage and inconvenient outages. A utility line is damaged by digging once every three minutes nationwide, and one-third of these incidents are caused by failure of professional excavators or homeowners to call 811 before digging projects.
When calling 811, homeowners are connected to a local call center that notifies the appropriate utility companies of the intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags or spray paint. Once lines have been accurately marked, digging can begin around marked lines.
Striking a single line can result in injuries, repair costs and fines and inconvenient outages. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, necessitates a call to 811. Installing a mailbox, putting in a fence, building a deck and laying a patio are all examples of digging projects that need a call to 811 before starting.
Visit www.call811.com for more information about 811 and the “call-before-you-dig” process.