Lauren Blosse Call Before You Dig: April is National Safe Digging Month

Are you installing a mailbox in your yard?  Planting a tree for Earth Day?  Before you dig, consider that there could be a natural gas pipeline or electric power line buried only a few inches under the surface of your property- easy striking distance even for shallow digging projects.

Customer safety is a top priority for AGA members.  That’s why AGA, the Common Ground Alliance and other partners have designated April 2009 as National Safe Digging Month.  We’re asking you to call 811 before you embark on any digging or excavation near your home or business.


According to, “Digging without calling can disrupt service to an entire neighborhood, harm you and those around you and potentially result in fines and repair costs.”

Since the creation of 811, there has been roughly a 40 percent reduction in safety incidents.  The program is working- thanks to responsible citizens who have made 811 a necessary first step.  There is no charge for the call.

Don’t take an avoidable risk.  Pick up the phone and call 811 before you dig. We’ve got the video from below and a big thanks to City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities for helping to spread the word.

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