Dig Safely Weekend Warriors

Dig Safely Weekend Warriors

(April 30, 2007)- Despite April's unseasonably cold temperatures, warm weather is steadily approaching and as a new season begins, so do renovations and other outdoor home projects. Homeowners have been making plans all winter long to build a new deck, plant shrubs or add that white picket fence that makes a house more of a home. And not only do homeowners need tools and materials to successfully complete the project, but they also need Miss Utility to ensure that surrounding underground utility lines are safe from damage.
Miss Utility is a homeowner's ultimate partner - a partner that must be included in all outdoor home projects that involve digging. Homeowners should contact Miss Utility before digging to ensure that all underground utility lines in the work area have been marked. This simple step can save money, prevent personal and property damage and protect homeowners from legal ramifications. (BOLD)Here's how it works:(END BOLD)
At least 48 hours before digging, homeowners are encouraged to call Miss Utility by dialing 811, a new and easy FCC-designated national number created to eliminate the confusion of multiple "Call Before You Dig" numbers across the country. Miss Utility will arrange for member utility operators to have the underground lines at the project site marked so that workers can carefully excavate around them and protect the lines during construction. It's that simple.
In addition to calling, Miss Utility has set-up additional services to save homeowners time and money, including Ticket Check(r), a fully automated information exchange system allowing homeowners to check the status of their Miss Utility ticket. The service verifies that all underground utility lines have been marked prior to sending crews to jobsites. For professional excavating, Miss Utility offers ITIC, a system that allows these contractors to "call-in" their tickets just by logging on to www.missutility.net.
"It is pertinent that anyone or any organization call Miss Utility before any digging begins, no matter how large or small the project may be," said Wayne Gilmer, Miss Utility Damage Prevention Chairman. "Knowing where utility lines are buried before each outdoor project helps reassure people that the area is safe for digging and protects those digging from injury and damages."
For any additional information regarding Miss Utility's services, please feel free to contact 811 or the existing number, 1-800-257-7777, or visit www.missutility.net.
Miss Utility is a one-call notification center that notifies subscribing utility owners of a contractor's proposed excavation plans. Anyone who is planning to excavate must call Miss Utility at least two business days prior to any digging. In turn, Miss Utility arranges for member utility operators to have the underground lines at the project site marked so that workers can carefully excavate around them and protect the lines during construction.