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Call 811 before you dig in Florida

Davie is observing a Safe Digging Week, April 25 – May 1, 2010, in support of the statewide effort.

The main message behind the Sunshine State One Call’s (SSOCOF) annual safety and awareness campaign is “Call 811 Before You Dig.”

With Florida’s colder weather gone, many homeowners are anxious to replace frost-damaged plants and embark on other outdoor digging projects. April is the perfect time for the reminder to always call 811 before digging.

The free call connects residents to SSOCOF which notifies appropriate utility companies of the intent to dig. Utility locators are sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags or spray paint. This is a free service.

In Florida, it’s the law to call 811 before any digging. By having underground lines marked, homeowners reduce the risk of striking utilities, ultimately avoiding injury and inconvenient utility outages.

Every project big or small requires a call to 811. Installing a mailbox, putting in a fence, building a deck, and laying a patio are all examples of digging projects that need a call to 811 before starting.

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Posted by Andrea Freygang on Apr 23 2010. Filed under Broward County, Fort Lauderdale, Local news. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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