WPS reminder to call 8-1-1 before digging
Wisconsin Public Service reminds everyone on Aug. 11, or 8/11, to call 8-1-1 before attempting any projects that require digging. Calling the 8-1-1 Diggers Hotline should be the homeowner’s and contractor’s first step before putting a shovel in the ground and performing any excavation, construction, farming or digging.
Knowing where utility lines are buried before each digging project helps protect those who dig from injury and expense, and ensures the reliability of the utility system.
The 8-1-1 Diggers Hotline is a coordinated nationwide underground utility location system that is set up for everyone’s safety.
WPS has nearly 7,800 miles of underground natural gas pipelines and 6,000 miles of underground electrical lines in the 19 counties of northeastern and north central Wisconsin, and a small portion of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
WPS records indicate a very high percentage of accidental dig-ins result from people not calling 8-1-1 before they dig. Most customers are aware of the 8-1-1 system, but do not think it applies unless they are using some larger power digging equipment. The unfortunate result may be serious injuries and disruption of utility service to entire neighborhoods.
WPS also advises that people look up when working in the yard. Overhead power lines carry a lot of electricity and can be dangerous if contacted. WPS advises people to stay a safe distance from power lines whenever doing home improvement projects that might be near them.
To request a locate, call the 8-1-1 Diggers Hotline or log on to diggershotline.com. Customers will be asked a few questions about their location and project. Specialists using sophisticated equipment will respond to the site and mark the location of all buried facilities (natural gas, electric, cable, telecommunications) on the property within a few working days.
Additional safety information can be accessed at the Wisconsin Public Service website.