Homeowners are out in force in their yards. Time for a quick safety reminder.

Call 811 before you or anyone you hire starts to dig in your yard.

“One of the most potentially hazardous situations in residential areas, industrial plants and construction sites is accidental contact with underground electric power lines, natural gas lines, communication lines and other utility services,” says Duke Energy’s website.

Examples? The Dominion Energy site says, “Call before installing:

  • Septic tanks and sewer lines
  • Swimming pools
  • Wells
  • Sprinklers and water lines
  • Basketball goal posts or mailbox posts
  • Fences and deck posts
  • Trees and shrubs”

Another reason to call is that it is also the law.

811 is the national call-before-you-dig phone number. From the website:  “Anyone who plans to dig should call 811 or go to their state 811 center’s website before digging to request that the approximate location of buried utilities be marked with paint or flags so that you don’t unintentionally dig into an underground utility line.

Notify utilities of your intent to dig by calling 811 or making an online request a few days before you plan to break ground. Your state 811 center will inform utility operators in your area that they need to mark any buried utility lines on your property with paint or flags.”

Don’t take chances. Safety first, always.