COVID-19 heightens the need for safe digging practices

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As the United States grapples with containing the COVID-19 pandemic and with a growing number of people under stay-at-home orders, utilities are reminding customers who may want to start outdoor projects to call before they dig, lest critical infrastructure be put at risk.

April is National Safe Digging Month, and the last thing customers need in the midst of a viral crisis would be the severing of underground utility lines through unauthorized or uninformed digging.

“Whether it’s a small project, such as planting shrubs, or a commercial building project, customers should call 811 at least two working days before digging,” Ashley Babcock, director of Damage Prevention and Public Awareness for the multi-state utility CenterPoint Energy, said. “By calling 811 to have the underground utility lines in their area marked, homeowners and professionals…Read More

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