Did you know that in Michigan, before doing any digging projects at your home, it’s required by law to call MISS DIG at 811? It is! By dialing these three numbers at least three business days before digging, you are ensuring your safety and the safety of those in your neighborhood.

April is MISS DIG Awareness Month

MISS DIG is our nonprofit partner that ensures digging safety. When they get a call about a digging project, they call all companies with underground utilities at or near the project site to come out and properly flag them for safety to prevent injuries and utility damage. Digging without knowing the location of underground utilities can result in serious injuries, service disruptions, and costly repairs when gas, electric, communications, water and/or sewer lines are damaged.

Digging damages happen every day throughout the state, and the majority of homeowner damages are caused by hand tools like shovels when doing projects such as:

  • Installing a fence
  • Planting trees
  • Building a deck
  • Laying a patio
  • Installing a pool

Here’s what you need to do

If you plan to dig in your yard:

  • Contact MISS DIG at 811 or www.missdig811.org at least three business days before digging
  • Wait until flags have been placed to mark your utility lines
  • Leave flags in place until underground work is complete

Please remind your friends and family to always call MISS DIG at least three business days before digging in their yard by calling 811. Learn more at www.missdig811.org.