Call 811 before digging to avoid hitting gas pipelines

April 3, 2012

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. Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a proclamation encouraging residents to call 811.

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 1,300 damage incidents last year due to individuals hitting 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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