Now that a record Michigan winter has finally given way to warmer temperatures, homeowners and contractors are reminded to call MISS DIG at 811 to have underground utilities marked before beginning any digging projects.
The Dig Safely partners of MISS DIG System, Inc. are sponsoring a drawing for one lucky Michigan resident to win a 2014 Ford F-150 STX 4×4 truck as an incentive for residents to remember to call 811.
Residents are encouraged to enter the drawing now through Aug. 10 by visiting the MISS DIG website at www.missdig.org or by sending a postcard to the one-call center’s Auburn Hills headquarters: MISS DIG System, Inc., 3285 Lapeer Road West, Auburn Hills, MI 48326. The drawing will be held and the winner announced on Aug. 11 (8-11).
The Dig Safely partners of MISS DIG System, Inc., are Consumers Energy, DTE Energy, SEMCO Energy and TransCanada.
Anyone planning to dig needs to call 811 at least three working days before beginning any digging project to have underground utilities marked. This helps prevent unintentional dig-ins to gas, electric, cable, water, sewer and fiber optic lines as well as property damage and possible personal injury. Every digging job requires a call, from small jobs like planting trees and shrubs to large projects like building and road construction.
Safe digging tips for homeowners include:
- Call 811/MISS DIG at least three working days before digging to have underground utilities marked
- Wait to start projects until you’re sure all lines are marked or cleared by the utility. This can be confirmed by contacting MISS DIG at 811
- Respect the marks and dig with care, especially if using power equipment. If your project is within four feet of the utility marks modify your plans and stay more than four feet from the marks, or use a wooden handle shovel to carefully expose the lines before starting excavation
- Ask your contractor to confirm 811 has been contacted before allowing any digging work to proceed