As people are planning gardens and other spring projects in counties across the nation, now is the perfect time to remind county residents of the importance of safe digging practices. The United States Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is working especially hard this month urging people to stay safe and always call 8-1-1 before digging. Throughout April, PHMSA is asking everyone to spread the word about 8-1-1 for National Safe Digging Month.
Why is it important to “Know What’s Below” when digging?
There are 2.6 million miles of pipeline in the country and excavation damage remains one of the leading causes of pipeline accidents resulting in death and serious injury. These accidents are preventable and the first step is to call 8-1-1.
Who should call?
Everyone from professional excavators to people working and gardening in their backyards. One call to 8-1-1 gets someone to come out and mark your underground lines for Free.
Everyone has a role to play to make sure the valuable resources carried by our nation’s pipeline are delivered safely and reliably. PHMSA and NACo are urging everyone not to assume what is below and remember to pick up the phone before you picking up the shovel and dial 8-1-1.
For more information and resources, please visit the PHMSA website or reference NACo’s fact sheet: Recommended Pipeline Safety Practices for Local Governments.