Updated: 03/05/2014 6:12 PM
Created: 03/05/2014 3:15 PM WHEC.com
As you start planning your spring landscaping and home improvement projects? Officials are reminding you to call before you dig.
Dig Safe New York held a safety seminar to remind people of the importance of calling 811 to find out the location of any underground utility lines before starting work. Officials say it is a quick call that will keep you, your family and your neighbors safe.
Kevin Hopper, Dig Safe NY Operations Manager, said, “Statistics show when you call before you dig, you reduce your chances of digging into an underground utility line to less than 1-percent. So while it's not perfect, it really does improve that process and make it a much safer experience and makes it so our communities are safe.”
They cite Tuesday’s deadly home explosion in New Jersey as a prime example of the importance of both contractors and homeowners making that call to 811. One person was killed after a contractor struck a gas line, causing an explosion that leveled one house and damaged dozens more. Seven people were hurt.