Do you know what utility lines run beneath your property? If not, you aren’t alone. Most people don’t realize that digging on your own property can cause serious pipeline damages. In fact, excavation damage remains one of the leading causes of serious pipeline accidents.
Every state has a one call law that requires citizens to call 811 before digging to have utility lines marked before starting a project. This is a free service, however many people aren’t aware of it. To get the message out there, Ohio received a proclamation from Gov. John Kasich making April Safe Dig Month in the state.
“We hope that this proclamation will help raise awareness during spring planning season and encourage citizens and businesses to follow safe digging and construction practices throughout the year,” said Montgomery County Commissioner Judy Dodge at a Safe Dig event in Centerville near the Yankee Road construction site.
The event was a collaborative effort between the Ohio Utilities Protection Service, the Miami Valley Utility Safety Council and Montgomery County. The event featured visual demonstration by Blood Hound Underground of vacuum excavations.
“Safe Dig Month is a reminder that we all have a responsibility to protect our infrastructure, whether we are building a roadway or planting a tree in our backyard,” said Dave Armstrong, LJB civil engineer and an active participant of the Miami Valley Utility Safety Council.
For more information, visit the Ohio Utilities Protection Service website.