Digging & Excavating
Call 811 or Texas811 at 1-800-344-8377 before you dig.
Hitting an electric line can shock or kill you and cause power outages.
Hitting an underground gas pipe can create a fire or explosion hazard. These
lines can be just a foot under the ground. So whether you want to plant a tree
or dig a trench, call the local one-call utility locator service. They will
arrange to mark the location and depth of any buried lines.
Before using power-digging tools, hand dig.
The locator service will tell you the location of underground utilities, but
not their depth. Before using any power tools, hand dig to verify exact
utility depth. Any time you suspect unmarked hazards, hand dig the area
carefully to test your suspicions. Backfill the soil gently to avoid damaging
If you contact an underground utility:
Leave the area immediately and tell others to stay away.
Call 911 and the local utility company as quickly as possible.
Report even minor damage; what looks harmless can cause big trouble.
Learn where all underground utility lines are located before beginning any
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