For over 28 years, the Governors of Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont have proclaimed April as Safe Digging Month! The goal of this multi-media awareness campaign is to reminder everyone who excavates or digs to call Dig Safe® (811 number) to have the approximate location of their utility lines marked. This process helps prevent injuries, property damage, and inconvenient utility outages.
What is Dig Safe® ?
Dig Safe® is a not-for-profit clearinghouse that notifies participating utility companies of your plans to dig. In turn, these utilities (or their contract locating companies) respond to mark out the location of their underground facilities. Dig Safe is a free service, funded entirely by its member utility companies.
How Does Dig Safe Work?
When you call 811, Dig Safe will gather information about your project and will create a confirmation ticket. They will then notify non-member facility owners . From there utility representatives will come out to mark their lines within your pre-marked area with the appropriate color code identifying the type of facility.
Is it really necessary to call Dig Safe?
Yes! Whether you’re a homeowner or professional and you have a project big or small you should call Dig Safe!
It’s a big risk to make faulty assumptions about when to notify Dig Safe. The depth of utility lines can vary for a number of reasons, such as erosion, previous digging projects and uneven surfaces. Utility lines need to be properly marked because even when digging only a few inches, the risk of striking an underground utility line still exists.
That’s why state law requires you to notify Dig Safe for all projects.
You can find lots of helpful resources on Dig Safe’s website from State Laws to Excavation Manuals.
You can also download the Dig Safe mobile app which gives you the convenience of applying for tickets from your mobile device. Quick-Ticket offers immediate processing, it is available 24/7, and allows you to email a copy of your tickets for easy record keeping.
Don’t be that person…
Call 811 to avoid utility service disruption to an entire neighborhood, harm to you and those around you, as well as fines and repair costs.