April is National Safe Digging Month

With the arrival of spring, many homeowners are gearing up for outdoor home improvement projects. To help protect these homeowners from possible hazards they may face while installing new decks or gardens, the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) is coordinating National Safety Digging Month, an awareness event designed to increase the practice of safe digging across the nation.

Throughout the month, CGA will encourage individuals to call 811 before starting any digging project, large or small. The federally mandated 811 number helps prevent diggers from unintentionally hitting underground utility lines, which can result in injuries, property damage and inconvenient outages.

CGA encourages homeowners and contractors to call 811 a few days before digging. This will allow One Call Center operators to notify the affected utility companies, who will then send a professional to the digging location to mark the approximate location of any utility lines.

When digging, be sure to dig around the marks and not on them. Because utility lines may be buried at a shallow depth, it is important to recognize that even an unintended push of the shovel can have dangerous consequences.

For more information on National Safe Digging Month, visit http://www.call811.com.

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