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With cooler weather on the horizon as fall approaches, many homeowners are taking the opportunity of weekends to make time for DIY projects around the house.
Medina Electric Cooperative is encouraging those with projects to practice safe digging habits.
Whether it be landscaping around the yard or perhaps putting in a new deck to enjoy those fall evenings coming up, make sure to use safety precautions. If your project includes any digging, be sure to call 811 before you start.
Underground utilities, such as buried gas, water, and electricity lines, can be a shovel length away from turning your DIY project into a fatal disaster. It is always better to play it safe when dealing with the potential risk of digging around utility lines, call 811 to find out if there is any running through your property. Tell the operator where you are planning to dig and what type of work you will be doing. Local utilities will be notified to inspect the dig site.
According to the Common Ground Alliance (CGA), every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first dialing 811. Even small projects such as putting in a new mailbox post can potentially harm yourself, disrupt services around your property and result in fines and repair costs.
Medina Electric Cooperative stresses the importance of calling 811 services to reduce the possibility of unsafe practices. Never assume the location and/or depth of underground utility lines.
The 811 service is completely free and was created to prevent the inconvenience of having interrupted utilities and serious injury. For more information, visit www.texas811.org.