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. “This proactive safety measure can prevent accidentally damaging utility lines, which can lead to serious consequences,” stated James P. Crowley, Department Manager of Gas, Meter and Safety for Easton Utilities. To prevent injuries, property damage and outages, residents must call 811 approximately 48 – 72 hours prior to work beginning.
The is a free service that notifies affected utilities of a person’s intent to dig. Within a few days, Easton Utilities will mark the locations of the utility-owned lines with paint or flags. Natural gas, electric and other underground facilities can sometimes be buried only a few inches deep, making them easy to strike even during shallow digging projects. Call before you dig. It’s the law.