SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — April is National Safe Digging Month, and local utility companies are reminding homeowners and businesses to call 811 before digging.
Striking a live line, such as a power line or gas line, can cause service interruption, costly damages and even injury. That’s why the law says people must call 811 before they dig. That lets a locator come mark any utility that might be buried where you plan to dig.
“If someone doesn’t call for a locate request and the facility gets damaged as a result of their digging, then they’re going to be the one paying to fix it and any consequences associated with that damage,” says SUB Facilities Locator Ted Jordan.
You must call for any project that requires you dig a hole one foot deep or more. For homeowners, that includes spring planting projects, installing a sprinkler system and building a fence. For businesses, projects like installing sewer systems or construction are included.
The safety zone around the marks is 2 feet on each side. You must call two business days in advance. The service is free, and only takes a few minutes.