National Safe Digging Month

This April marks the fifth annual National Safe Digging Month, reminding Missouri residents to always call 1-800-DIG-RITE or 811 or click on before any digging project.

National Safe Digging Month is formally recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate and has traditionally earned the support of more than 40 state governors, including Gov. Jay Nixon, across the country.

By calling 1-800-DIG-RITE or 811 or clicking on, homeowners and contractors are connected to Missouri One Call System’s call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, paint or both. A utility line is damaged by digging once every three minutes nationwide, and one-third of these incidents are caused by failure of the homeowner or professional excavator to notify Missouri One Call before beginning their digging project.

Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages. No matter how large or small, every digging project warrants a call to 1-800-DIG-RITE or 811 or a click to Installing a mailbox, building a deck and planting a tree or garden are all examples of digging projects that should only begin a few days after a call or click into Missouri One Call’s call center.

Remember, the depth of utility lines can vary for a number of reasons, such as erosion, previous digging projects and uneven surfaces. Utility lines need to be properly marked because even when digging only a few inches, the risk of striking an underground utility line still exists.

For more information on Missouri One Call, visit their website at

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