Free Report Download in Recognition of Safe Digging Month

Fri, April 24, 2020

In honor of Safe Digging Month, PRCI is offering a free report download. For the month of April the PRCI Research Report PR-277-103700-R01 Guidelines for Preventing Underground Facility Damage as a Results of Horizontal Directional Drilling will be available to non-members for free*. Use discount code: DIGSAFE

And remember to always call 811 to know what’s below before you dig to keep your family and community safe.

  • Call or Click Before You Dig: When starting an outdoor digging project, customers are advised to contact  811 to request to have underground utility lines marked at least two business days in advance. Requests to have utility operators mark underground lines, including natural gas, electric, water, sewer, telephone and cable lines, can be made 24-hours a day, seven days a week and is free.
  • Allow the Required Time for Marking: After contacting 811, wait the required 48 business hour timeframe to have underground utility lines marked before digging. The approximate location of underground utility lines will be marked with color-coded spray paint, flags or stakes that correspond to the utility. The color used for natural gas is yellow.
  • Respect the Marks: Only use hand digging tools to carefully uncover the area around a utility line when you need to dig close by.
  • Excavate Carefully: Make sure the marks remain visible during the project. If the lines are damaged or removed, customers are encouraged to contact 811 to have lines remarked. If a natural gas line is damaged accidentally or the distinctive rotten egg odor associated with natural gas is present, call 911 or your local gas company from a safe location. Do not operate any machinery or equipment that might cause a spark or open flame.

*Requires a PRCI user account to access report download. User accounts are free to create.