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April Marks Safe Digging Month: A Reminder from Mesa Gas

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As the warm spring weather ushers in a season ripe for outdoor projects and landscaping endeavors, join Mesa Gas as they celebrate Safe Digging Month. This month is a timely reminder for all DIY enthusiasts, contractors, and anyone planning to break ground, emphasizing the importance of safety and preparedness before digging.

Why Calling Arizona 811 is Crucial

Before embarking on any project that requires digging, from planting a tree to installing a fence, contacting Arizona 811 is a critical first step. By doing so at least two full working days before starting, you ensure that all underground utility lines are properly located and marked by the utility owners. Since the depths of utility lines vary, and multiple lines may exist in the same area, this simple step can help prevent injuries, property damage, and service outages caused by accidentally hitting a line. This is not just a matter of precaution; it's a requirement by law

Steps to Follow After Calling 8-1-1

Once you've made the call to 8-1-1, there are a few more steps to follow:

  • Wait for Confirmation: Do not begin your project until you have received responses from all the utility facilities listed on your ticket. This ensures all potential underground lines have been accounted for.
  • Dig with Care: Hand-dig within two feet of marked facilities, supporting and protecting exposed facilities. This careful approach helps protect both you and the utility lines from accidental damage.
  • Maintain Visibility: The markings provided are your guide to safe digging, but they're only valid for 15 days. Keep them visible and intact for the duration of your project to avoid any mix-ups or mistakes.


Safety is a Shared Responsibility

Contacting Arizona 811 before any digging project is not only easy and free but also a critical step in safeguarding our community's well-being and infrastructure. For more detailed information, resources, and to initiate the process of having your digging area checked, visit (http://arizona811.com). This April, let's pledge to make every digging project a safe one. Remember, a call to 8-1-1 is all it takes to dig safely and with confidence, ensuring that your spring projects are both successful and secure. 

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