April showers bring May flowers, right? Well, when preparing for the blooming season this year, think before you dig – Gov. Jay Inslee has declared April “Safe Digging Month” in Washington State.
Gov. Inslee’s proclamation “reminds the state’s residents to call 8-1-1 before they dig to prevent injuries, property damage and inconvenient outages,” according to a press release from the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. The number 8-1-1 allows homeowners to locate power lines, gas pipelines and other utilities two days before any digging begins and is an invaluable resource.
In 2012, more than 1,250 incidents were reported regarding damage to utilities such as gas lines due to mishaps while digging. Be sure to avoid these potentially dangerous accidents by planning ahead and calling 8-1-1 this spring.