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Call 811 before digging in your yard


It doesn’t matter where you live, you must call before digging

Similar to the folks in San Antonio, calling before you dig in Utah is of high importance. Help prevent an emergency from happening and protect your family and neighbors by following these simple steps. Before any type of digging project, call or visit Blue Stakes of Utah 811, submit a ticket, and we will send someone out to mark your utility lines. This will keep your family and friends safe.

You know 9-1-1, but 8-1-1 is important, too. Calling 8-1-1 before digging on your property is the law, and could prevent the cutoff of critical services or serious injury.

“Every six minutes, a utility line is damaged in the United States, and you really don’t think about it unless it happens to you,” says Khrysanne Kerr of Common Ground Alliance. “Unless you’re the guy on Super Bowl Sunday who can’t watch the game. Unless it’s 110 degrees outside and you have no power.”

“It’s surprising how many people forget to have utilities marked if they’re going to be digging in their yard,” Angie’s List founder Angie Hicks says. “It simply requires dialing 8-1-1 and allowing three days to have the company come out and mark your utilities.”

A recent survey said nearly half of homeowners plan an outdoor project this year, but many of them have no plans to call 8-1-1 first, exposing them to injury, liability and hefty fines.

“By notifying that utility, they will come out and mark the approximate location with paint or flags and therefore you can stay away from your buried electric lines, your natural gas line or that fiber optic line or telecommunications line that’s going to keep you away from Facebook,” Kerr says.

“Even if you’re hiring someone to put that new patio in or build a fence for you, you still want to make sure that they’re having the utilities marked, and if they’re not, don’t let them dig until they are marked,” Hicks says.

Read the full article here: Angie’s List: Call 811 before digging in your yard

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