APRIL IS SAFE DIGGING MONTH
**DIAL 8-1-1 BEFORE ANY PROJECT BEGINS**
PA One Call (8-1-1)
State law requires contractors and residents to contact the PA One Call system at least three business days prior to excavation – triggering alerts to all utilities within an intended digging area and prompting utilities and other facility owners to mark where their facilities are located.
Pennsylvanians can dial 8-1-1 to connect with the One Call system, while out-of-state residents or businesses can call 800-242-1776.
According to the most recent PUC data, approximately 40% of all line “hits” are caused by failure to contact the Pennsylvania One Call (PA One Call) system by calling 8-1-1 before excavation, or failure to wait the required three business days before projects begin.
A recent national safety survey found that a majority of homeowners personally plan to complete an improvement project involving digging over the next 12 months. The most common projects include:
- Planting a tree or shrub
- Building a fence
- Building a deck or patio
- Installing a mailbox