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April is Safe Digging Month
April 12, 2021
Stay safe this April. April is National Safe Digging Month, a time when many homeowners, residents and contractors dig, excavate, build, landscape and garden. If there are plans to dig on your property at any time, whether it’s for fence posts, trees, gardening, home addition, construction or whatever, always call to get your utility lines located and marked first. Call 811 Before You Dig!

Safe Digging Month reminds residents and homeowners to plan ahead and always call 811 before starting any digging project. National Safe Digging Month is formally recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate and has traditionally earned the support from nearly every state governor across the country.

Before any digging, always Call 811 first. A national survey revealed that 42 percent of homeowners who plan to dig each year won’t call 811, putting their families, neighbors and their communities at risk. Call 811 Before You Dig! Better safe than sorry…

Plan ahead! Call 811, the national safe digging hotline, before a shovel is turned or a backhoe begins to dig. MLGW, cable and phone companies will come out and mark your utility and gas lines for free. Always allow 72 hours (three business days) for your lines to be marked before any digging. Take photos of the markings for your records, but call again for any future digs.

Always check to make sure your contractors have called 811 and had your lines located and marked before you allow them to begin a job that involves digging. Striking an unmarked underground gas line or electrical line can be deadly, and utility lines could be at any depth. Don’t go BOOM!

Always Call 811 Before You Dig. It’s free and it’s the law! And it’s smart. For more details, visit For more information about Tennessee One Call and 811, visit


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