For Immediate Release: April 1, 2019

SMUD asks customers to make safe before digging

April is National Safe Digging Month

Spring is the time to begin outdoor projects. From small projects like planting a tree or building a fence to big ones like putting in a swimming pool, be sure to call 811 before you dig.

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

Whether you are doing the job yourself or hiring a professional, smart and safe digging means calling 811 or visiting usanorth811.org 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 telecommunications 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 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.