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April 2, 2024Jefferson City, Mo. |  By: Jeremy Werner

Local and federal officials remind residents about safe digging

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - April is designated as National Safe Digging Month and as spring kicks off the digging season, local and federal governments are urging homeowners to prioritize safety by contacting 811 before they dig.

A recent survey by the Common Ground Alliance found that 74% of U.S. homeowners plan to dig on their property this year, with over 49.3 million Americans risking accidents by not contacting 811 beforehand.

Digging without knowing the location of underground utilities can lead to injuries, service disruptions, and costly repairs.

Missouri law mandates contacting Missouri 811 at least three full working days before any excavation, whether it's for a small project or a large-scale construction.

To ensure safety, homeowners are advised to follow a simple process: notify Missouri 811, wait for utility notifications, confirm utility marks, and then proceed to dig carefully, staying within two feet of marked areas.