A small problem can often lead to big troubles. By this I mean, hazardous situations occur in residential areas, industrial plants and also in the construction sites due to the accidental contact with underground electric power lines, communication lines, natural gas lines or any other utility service. Even a small contact with power lines during digging can lead to power failure in big area and damage at the site of digging. We need to be really careful.
How to Ensure You are Working Safely?
To make sure that you are working safely, you must contact the designated Call Before You Dig for your state by calling 811. There is no change for the service and the call is completely free. Calling before you dig can not only save your money from a damage claim, your life can also be saved.
You need to remember that 811 is the contact number. It’s FCC-designated number to call before you start any digging project. 811 lets you get connected to Call Before You Dig in your respective state and notify the member of utilities to mark approximate location of underground lines. You should be aware that according to a guideline, all utilities are not the members of Call Before You Dig and might not receive a notification through 811. Check out some more information about 811 in other states.
You should know that most state laws require at least 1 2-3 full working days’ notice, and some may be longer. You should call 811 or the numbers below to know about the best information for your state.
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The Bottom Line
Before you start any digging project for your house, company or at construction site, make a note that you call 811 to stay safe and protected. This can not only save damages but also lives.