Yesterday I was watching my neighbor digging holes in his backyard. I wanted to go over there and yank the shovel out of his hand. Instead I walked my dog and got as far away from my house as possible. He might have thought I was a nut job for telling him what to do…but I think a lot of people may end up like the dude in this picture if they don’t call before they dig in their local area. Although there are television commercials telling me to call, some of us ignore ads.
You may or may not know about the law in the USA requiring you call for utility locating before you do any excavation.
The pictures below are a result of a farmer using a post hole digger without calling for “locates” and he hit an underground,
high-pressure cross country gas pipe. They never did find the guy………. Took out 2 homes.
Hope it makes you think before you dig…..
CALL BEFORE YOU DIG
In Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C., Miss Utility (and MissUtility of Virginia in VA) acts as a communication link between utility companies and individuals planning any digging activity, including residents, professional contractors and excavators. Though Miss Utility and MissUtility of Virginia do not physically mark lines, they do relay digging and excavation requests to their utility members.
Call before you dig—it’s free!
By law, you MUST contact Miss Utility at least 48 business hours (Maryland and Washington, D.C.) or two full working days (Delaware) before beginning any landscape or construction digging project. By not calling, you risk costly property or environmental damage, explosion or fire on your property, power or utilities services interruptions, legal problems and injury—or even death.
Virginia residents must contact MissUtility of Virginia at least two working days prior to digging.
To contact Miss Utility and MissUtility of Virginia:
By phone: Dial 811 or 1-800-2… (homeowners and excavators, MD Western Shore), 1-800-441-8355 (MD Eastern Shore) or 1-800-282-8555 (DE). Online: visit www.missutility.net/itic (excavators) or www.missutility.net/iticlite (homeowners).
This regulation applies to smaller landscape and construction projects too, including digging fencepost holes, anchoring supports for decks and swing sets, planting trees, removing tree roots and driving landscaping stakes into the ground.