One simple step.
It all comes down to four words: call before you dig.
Use www.callbeforeyoudig.org, the following 800 numbers or the national 811 number to connect with someone two days before you start excavating, so you can find out where the underground utility lines are located - and do your job safely.
Washington: (800) 424-5555
Benewah, Shoshone (800) 398-3285
Bonner, Boundary (800) 626-4950
Clearwater, Latah (800) 342-1585
Idaho, Lewis, Nez Perce (800) 342-1585
Kootenai (800) 428-4950
Oregon: (800) 332-2344
If you do encounter blowing gas, or a broken or damaged natural gas line, don’t try to fix it by crimping, bending or otherwise restricting the gas flow. This could cause a dangerous build up of static electricity, sparking ignition. Call Avista Utilities immediately at (800) 227-9187.