Safe Digging Starts by Calling 811

From planting shrubs to building a fence, many outdoor projects require digging. Before the shoveling begins, make sure to call 811 before you dig. It could prevent serious injury or even save your life.

The 811 “Call Before You Dig” number is a national line that was created to help prevent people from coming into contact with underground utility lines during digging projects. A professional will be sent to your digging location to mark the areas where the public utility lines are buried free of charge.

It could take a few business days for a professional to come mark your utilities with flags or spray-paint, so make sure to call in advance. If you are in a rush to complete a project, a few days might seem like a long wait. However, a small waiting period can spare you an injury that could take years of recovery, or even your life. It could also save you thousands of dollars, as some utilities will charge for any repairs that have to be made.

If you have previously had utilities located by calling 811, it is still best to call before every digging project. Underground utilities can shift, and it is important to be certain of where they are before ever putting a shovel in the ground.

For more information or if you have questions, please contact the Member Services Department at HOEC at 417-256-2131 or 1-888-HOE-POWER.

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