The governor says, “Be safe with that shovel!”   

Tags: Avista Utilities, Electricity, Natural Gas, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Safety

April is Safe Digging Month, according to the highest ranking officials in our area

Post by Dan Kolbet

The ground is no longer frozen, and in some parts of the Northwest, the grass is turning green again. Spring is fighting to immerge from a perpetual winter. But with the warmer weather comes the reminder that you’ve got a laundry list of yardwork projects to complete before the snow falls again. Those yard projects may just involve digging some holes in the ground – safely.

The governors of Idaho, Oregon and Washington have proclaimed April to be “Safe Digging Month.” Unfortunately it’s not a national holiday, and no, you can’t take off work to celebrate, but 811 is a free national number that you can call from any location.

Local media tweet about digging into a gas line.

I saw this tweet from KHQ earlier today. Seems fitting to go
with this post.

These official proclamations are a good reminder that pipes, cables and power lines can be buried dangerously close to the surface, and one dig with a shovel or backhoe could strike a natural gas or electric line. It’s not only the smart and safe thing to do to call 811 at least two working days before you plan to dig, it’s the law.

Click here to view a PDF scan of the state proclamations.

Just plan ahead a few days to ensure your safety and a the timely completion of your digging project.
 
 
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