Monday, April 22, 2013
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – April is National Safe Digging month, so residents and employees who excavate or dig are reminded to call 8-1-1 at least 72 hours before digging. The 8-1-1 number is the state one call center responsible for identifying and marking the approximate location of utility lines to prevent injuries, property damage, and inconvenient utility outages.
Steps for Safe Digging:
Pipeline leaks or explosions can create huge consequences for the community. If you notice the distinctive “rotten egg” smell of odorized natural gas and suspect a pipeline leak, walk away from the suspected leak and telephone 911 from another location. “Our goal is to create awareness of the importance of calling before digging in an effort to keep our residents safe,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom. “Safe digging should be practiced not just in the month of April but throughout the year.”
For more tips on pipeline safety, please visit www.commongroundalliance.com.