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Can you dig it?

April 13, 2016   By Susan Mungo in Safety

Planting season is finally here! After a cool, blustery weekend, the sun and warmer temperatures have arrived and with them, a pretty good bet the chance for frost is gone. So now is the time to get started planting.

You may have a full-fledged garden, or you may be more like me, only interested in growing flowers and shrubbery around your home. Either way, we at Santee Cooper encourage you to plant safely.

While you should be careful with garden tools, what I’d specifically like to talk about is calling to have underground lines marked before you dig that first hole. Safe digging is your responsibility and a law in South Carolina. SC 811 offers a free service to help you have buried lines, near or on your property, marked so that you do not accidentally cut into a service wire.

Whether it is an electrical, phone or cable wire, cutting into one can be both dangerous and inconvenient. With electrical lines, it can actually be life threatening. So be safe and call before you dig!

There are three easy steps to the call-before-you-dig process:

  1. Request a locate. This is a free service. Simply call 811 or 888-721-7877.
  2. You will need to wait three full business days. If you plan to work on the weekend call by Tuesday.
  3. Once lines have been marked, keep or maintain a tolerance zone. And don’t forget to keep your locate notice number.

SC811 has a great website you can visit for much more information. They also have a list of FAQs that can help you work through the process and answer other questions you may have.  There is even an app for your phone if you wish to keep them at your fingertips.

Now you can feel comfortable planting beautiful flowers, enhancing shrubbery or cultivating veggies for the summer. Happy planting!