April is National Safe Digging Month and Easton Utilities reminds contractors and homeowners to call 811, which begins the process of marking underground utility lines. To prevent injuries, property damage and outages, residents should call 811 approximately 48 – 72 hours prior to work beginning. The hotline is a free service that notifies affected utilities of a person’s intent to dig. Within a few days, Easton Utilities will mark the approximate locations of the utility-owned lines with paint or flags. Natural gas pipelines, electric power lines and other underground facilities can sometimes be buried only a few inches, making them easy to strike even during shallow digging projects. Call before you dig. It’s the law.