Before you get that garden started or put a fence post in the ground, you might wanna click a button first.
May is Dig Safe Month.
“You’re keeping yourself safe, your family safe, community safe and the integrity of the breed of infrastructure that provides all services to all Albertans everywhere and many Canadians too across the country,” said Alberta One Call president Mike Sullivan.
The public is urged to visit clickbeforeyoudig.com or albertaonecall.com. It is a free service.
“By requesting a locate, we use our mapping software to provide those utility owners, with the information related to that locator request, so where that person is digging. Then they will come out and mark the underground infrastructure or they’ll provide an all clear,” he explained.
By not checking first you risk hitting fibre optic lines, gas lines, electrical utility, water and sewer services, there is an entire buried network of underground infrastructure.
He noted farmers and ranchers in the area sit on top of a lot of transmission pipeline and the message is the same.
“One click costs nothing, not clicking could cost you everything,” he noted.
Alberta One Call has been established for 35 years and gets approximately 500,000 locate requests per year.
Roughly 50,000 locate requests are made during the month of May.
More information can be found here.