August 2010 Safety Tip

Underground Utilities

Whether you're a contractor working on a site or a homeowner working around your own home, digging can be dangerous if you don't check first for underground wiring or cables. There can also be other underground utilities such as natural gas, water or sewer lines.

Arizona Blue State Inc. offers a free service that helps make the excavating process safe: a single phone number (602) 659-7500 for the public to call to notify utilities with buried facilities that may be affected by the excavation project. The goal of this service is to prevent personal injury, property damage, and damage to buried services during an excavation project. Anyone who will be doing any digging--from planting a tree, to building a fence, to digging a foundation-should call first.

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