Safe digging month stresses that calling 811 is the law

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National Safe Digging Month is designated to remind everyone that the land around them is made up of a complex underground infrastructure of pipelines.

Striking an underground utility line while digging can cause harm to you or those around you, disrupt service to an entire neighborhood and potentially result in fines and repair costs, according to Tim Pearson, safety officer for Carrollton Utilities.

Pearson said a call must be placed to 811 before every digging project — from simple landscaping projects to professional excavating.

There are about 165,000 underground utilities damaged annually across the nation, and one out of every three incidents is the result of not calling 811. Pearson said locally that they have about five incidents a year now, down from more than a dozen several years ago.

Peason said to not become a statistic. He said calling 811 is the first step to safe digging, in addition to being the law.

For more information, contact Pearson sat Carrollton Utilities, (502) 732-1214.