Call 811 before breaking ground on this year’s garden

Staff Reports

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As April showers fade and the gotta-get-my-hands-in-the-dirt gardening bug hits, remember safety starts at home, which is why it is no coincidence that April is National Safe Digging Month.

While it may seem harmless enough to jump right in and start digging your well-planned garden, or digging a hole to plant your new tree, to ensure the safety of you and your family, be sure to Call 811 at least 48 to 72 hours before you begin your project to allow time to have utility lines marked.

After you make the call, line locators will come to your home to mark any underground utilities with paint and flags, so that you can avoid those areas when digging. Did you know that when you call 811 the appropriate amount of time before digging, you have a less than 1 percent chance of striking a buried utility line?

This year marks the 10th anniversary of National Safe Digging Month, which was launched by the Common Ground Alliance (CGA), an organization in which Williams is a member.

As part of Williams’ commitment to safety, not only do we want our employees to arrive home safely to their families at the end of the day, and we also want them to practice safety at home and in their communities.

So, stay safe and don’t let a line strike interfere with your May flowers. Call 811 before you dig.