Anytime you are digging in the ground, you should give Diggers Hotline a call 1-800-242-8511 or (811) to determine if there is anything underground that you should be looking out for.
- You should call a minimum of 3 days in advance of starting to dig in order to allow time for everything to be located
- You MUST maintain a minimum of 18” of clearance (to the left & right) of all marked utilities. If you have to dig in that area, you must dig by hand. This does not mean using a post hole digger. This means cautiously and carefully digging with a shovel.
- You should also be aware of the surrounding area that you are digging in. Is there a light pole nearby, but no electric lines marked? Then don’t dig! That power has to come from somewhere!
Did you also know that you can be fined up to $500.00 or thrown in jail for removing/moving/destroying locates? If you see flags or markings on the ground, make sure you leave them there. They could save somebody’s life!