Great Plains Natural Gas participates in National Safe Digging Month in April

Times Report
Crookston Times

    In observance of National Safe Digging Month in April, Great Plains Natural Gas  announced results from a national survey. The results revealed that a third of U.S. homeowners reported experiencing a utility service interruption in 2020. Also, 37% of homeowners who plan to dig this year for project will put themselves and their communities at risk by not calling 811 to locate underground utilities.

    Digging without knowing the approximate location of underground utilities can result in serious injuries, service disruptions and costly repairs when natural gas, electric, communications, water and sewer lines are damaged. Making a free call to 811 before digging will help homeowners maintain utility service for themselves and neighbors, and keep communities safe by reducing the likelihood of accidentally digging into buried utility lines.      

     As part of National Safe Digging Month, Great Plains encourages homeowners to take the following steps when planning a digging project this spring:

    • Call 811 a few days before digging, regardless of the depth or familiarity with the property.

    • Plan ahead. Call on Monday or Tuesday for work planned for an upcoming weekend, providing ample time for the approximate location of lines to be marked.

    • Confirm that all lines have been marked.

    • Consider moving the location of your project if it is near utility line markings.

    • If a contractor has been hired, confirm that the contractor has called 811. Don’t allow work to begin if the lines aren’t marked.

    • Visit www.call811.com for complete info.

    Everyone who calls 811 is connected to a local one call notification center that will take the caller’s information and communicate it to local utility companies. Professional locators will then visit the dig site to mark the approximate location of underground utility lines with spray paint, flags or both.

    Once a site has been accurately marked, it is safe to begin digging around the marked areas.

    Call 811: It’s free, it’s simple and it’s the law.