Call before digging to avoid utility lines

April 12, 2011

By Staff

The state Utilities and Transportation Commission reminds people to call 811 before digging to build a fence or deck, plant trees and shrubs, or pull out a tree stump.

April is National Safe Digging Month.

Washington residents should call 811 and obtain a free utility locator service at least two business days before digging. Call the UTC Consumer Help Line at 888-333-9882 toll free if the utility locator is late, incomplete or inaccurate.

The state recorded almost 1,400 damage incidents last year due to individuals damaging gas pipelines. The proper marking of underground utilities can reduce the risk of striking a line, causing outages, damages and deaths.

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