Five Steps for Safe Digging

Working on an outdoor project? Careless digging poses a threat to people, pipelines and underground projects. Always call 8-1-1 first. Here are five easy steps for safe digging:

  1. Notify
    Call 8-1-1 or make a request online two to three days before your work begins. The operator will notify the utilities affected by your project.
  2. Wait
    Wait two to three days for affected utilities to respond to your request. They will send a locator to mark any underground utility lines.
  3. Confirm
    Confirm that all affected utilities have responded to your request by comparing the marks to the list of utilities the 8-1-1 call center notified.
  4. Respect
    Respect the markers provided by the affected utilities. The markers are your guide for the duration of your project.
  5. Dig Carefully
    If you can’t avoid digging near the markers (within 18-24 inches on all sides, depending on state laws), consider moving your project location.