April is National Safe Digging Month: Call 811 Before You Dig

KISSIMMEE, Fla., March 31, 2017 – Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811.

April is National Safe Digging Month and Kissimmee Utility Authority reminds both professional excavators and do-it yourself homeowners that one easy phone call to 811 quickly begins the process of getting underground utility lines marked.

Knowing where underground utility lines are buried before each digging project begins helps to prevent injury, expense and penalties. When underground lines are damaged, vital services and everyday conveniences can become disconnected, not only to an individual home but to entire neighborhoods or subdivisions.

When planning an excavation project, residents should dial 811 at least 48 hours (two working days) before work begins. Professional locators are then sent out free of charge to mark the approximate location of their utility lines. Residents can then dig confidently, knowing the utilities will not be disturbed.

“When doing projects around your house, digging without knowing where underground utility lines are buried can be very risky,” said KUA spokesperson Chris Gent. “KUA reminds residents to call 811 before they dig. It’s safe. It’s free. And it’s the law.”

Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 70,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.