Governor Scott Walker has declared April as Diggers Hotline Month in Wisconsin to help remind residents to always contact Diggers Hotline three working days before any digging project. The governor’s proclamation coincides with the beginning of the sixth annual National Safe Digging Month.
When contacting Diggers Hotline, either by calling 811 or online at DiggersHotline.com, homeowners and contractors may begin a free process that helps show the location of dangerous or costly underground utility lines.
Nationwide, every eight minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decides to dig without first calling 811.
Striking a single line can cause injury, the need for expensive repairs, inconvenient outages, and can result in fines. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants notifying Diggers Hotline first. Installing a mailbox, building a deck and planting a tree or garden are all examples of digging projects that should only begin three working days after a call to 811.
Utility lines should be properly marked because even when digging only a few inches, the risk of striking an underground utility line still exists.
For more information, visit DiggersHotline.com.