Call 811 Before Digging: Crimson Pipeline Celebrates National Safe Digging Month

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This April marks the seventh annual National Safe Digging Month, and is reminding all homeowners and buisnesses to utilize safe digging practices and always call 811 before beginning any digging projects. The 811 program, also known as Dig Alert, is a free service that helps users determine the location of undersground prior to undertaking any excavation project, regardless of size, to help prevent damage, possible injury and other property damage.

“Whether you are planting a tree in your yard this Spring or digging the foundation of a new office building, it is crucial to know the location of utilities buried in your area,” said Larry Alexander, president of Crimson Pipeline. “Crimson Pipeline works year-round to ensure the public is aware of the 811 Dig Alert service through funding and education. Safe Digging Month is a great opportunity to remind the public of this important – and free – service.”

In honor of its continued commitment to pipeline safety, Crimson recently made a contribution to the Underground Service Alert of Southern California. Crimson is dedicated to funding projects that benefit and educate the community – helping to raise awareness about Dig Alert is integral to that mission.

Pipelines can be located anywhere, including under streets or sidewalks, or in the front or back yards of private residences, sometimes just inches below the surface. The depth of utility lines can vary for a number of reasons, such as erosion, previous digging projects and uneven surfaces. Utility lines need to be properly marked because even when digging only a few inches, the risk of striking an underground utility line still exists.

Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811. Excavation, planting, demolition and other forms of digging are major causes of pipeline and utility damage and can result in disrupted utility service to an entire neighborhood, injuries and potentially result in fines and repair costs.

Dig Alert can be reached from anywhere in the country by dialing 811 between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). The service is free and more importantly, it’s the law in California. An operator will collect all of the necessary information about the digging project and will coordinate with utility companies in the area to come to the proposed dig site and mark the locations of underground pipelines with flags or spray paint.

A ticket can also be submitted online at www.digalert.org. To utilize the service, businesses and homeowners should call Dig Alert or submit a ticket online at least two businesses days prior to digging.

Visit www.digalert.org or www.crimsonpl.com for more information about 811 and safe digging practices. A brochure about the 811 program can be downloaded here.

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