For Immediate Release: August 10, 2018

SMUD asks customers to make safe before digging

Fall is approaching, and it’s the time when many begin pre-winter outdoor projects. Whether it’s small like planting a tree, a larger one like building a deck or fence, or a big project such as  new landscaping, be sure to include a very important safety step prior to starting any digging job.

Notify Underground Service Alert North 811 (USA) a minimum of two full business days before beginning to dig to find out if there are any dangerous underground utilities such as electric power lines in the area. This is a free service.

Whether you are doing the job yourself or hiring a professional, smart and safe digging means calling 811 or visiting to request a utility-locate before each job; using the website for your notification can save time. The notification is valid for 28 days, so if the excavation project goes beyond this timeframe, notify USA North 811 again.

SMUD and other area utilities such as gas, water and cable television will be contacted to determine whether they have underground facilities, and if so, the locations will be marked at the excavation site. Underground utility lines are not always located in the street; some utilities may be located in front yard and backyard easements. Digging into an underground electrical line can cause power outages and personal injury or death.

Be aware, it is the law to notify USA North 811 before you dig. Besides the legal requirement, it’s the way to stay safe and avoid financial and legal responsibility for repairs and/or injuries.