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April is National Safe Digging Month!

By Colliers Engineering & Design

Before you start those outdoor projects, you’ve been planning all winter, be sure to call 811. By calling before you dig, you can reduce your risk of damaging underground lines and injuring yourself to less than 1%.

811 is a federally mandated program required in every state that gets you in touch with someone who can locate underground electric, gas or other utility lines. Digging without this information can cause power outages, severe injury – or even fatality. All you need to do is tell the operator where you’re planning to dig and what type of work you will be doing. Your local utility companies will be notified, and within a few days they will mark the location of underground lines. Please call at least three days in advance to avoid unnecessary delays to your project.

Be smart – Be safe – Call before you dig! For more information, visit

For more spring safety information, click this link to view information from FirstEnergy Company.

Courtesy of FirstEnergy Company and

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