On occasion, almost everyone has occasion to do a little yardwork—and sometimes it involves using a shovel. Maybe you want to do some spring gardening or plant a bush. Perhaps you’re installing a new mailbox. It doesn’t matter the reason, if you’re putting a shovel into the ground—you really need to make sure you’re doing it safely.
That’s why you need to call 811 or check with your state 811 center before you do any kind of digging on your property.
Why is calling 811 so important?
It’s a matter of safety for you—and your community! If you were to accidentally strike a buried line while digging, it could disrupt utility service for you and your neighbors, cost a lot of money to repair, or even cause severe injury or death. That’s why you always want to contact your 811 center before putting a shovel in the ground.
When you dial 811, you’ll automatically be connected to a representative from your state’s 811 center, and they’ll ask you a few simple questions about the location and details about where you plan to dig. If you make your request online, you’ll enter the same information into a form. Regardless of which method you use to contact them, you’ll receive a ticket number, instructions for how much time utilities have to respond to your request, and how to confirm that all utilities have responded before you can safely dig.
It’s not just a good idea—it’s the law!
Here’s what happens after you’ve reached out to 811 with your request:
- A utility locator will visit your home or business.
- The contractor will locate natural gas and utility lines on your property—free of charge!
- The contractor will put down visual markers to identify the lines—that way you’ll know where it’s safe to dig, and which areas you should avoid.
Remember, even if you think it’s a small project, like planting a garden, if it involves putting a shovel into the ground, the law requires you to contact 811.
At DataVision we care about your safety!
Whether it’s protecting the safety of your home and family with one of our high-quality home security systems or simply keeping you up to date on the safest ways to go about your home projects, at DataVision, we value our role as your trusted advisor. Have questions? Reach out to us at 503-792-3611.