It’s National Safe Digging Month — Remember to Dig With Care

Posted at 1:15 p.m.

April brings a surge in outdoor work that often includes digging. The State Corporation Commission recognizes April as National Safe Digging Month and encourages individuals and companies to “Dig with C.A.R.E.”

dig with careWhether it is a homeowner planting a tree or erecting a fence or a professional contractor building a highway or a strip mall, preventing damage to underground utility lines when digging or demolishing is a must.

Any time you dig or demolish on a property, you could damage an underground utility line, which can have far-reaching consequences. Help keep the underground utility infrastructure damage-free and our communities safe. “Dig with C.A.R.E.!”

  • Call 811 before you dig.
  • Allow the required time for marking.
  • Respect and protect the marks.
  • Excavate carefully.

There is no cost to notify Virginia 811 when you call or go online at to request the marking of underground utility lines. 811 can be reached by phone Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on legal state and national holidays. An emergency notification service by phone is available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, as is online service for most digging projects.

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