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pril marks the seventh annual National Safe Digging Month,


reminding Oklahoma


residents to always call 811 or go online to submit a web ticket at least 48 hours before any digging project.


Here's how it works: ⚑ One free, simple phone call to 811 makes it easy for Call Okie, Oklahoma's One-Call center, to notify all appropriate utility companies of your intent to dig.


⚑ Call at least 48 hours prior to digging to ensure enough time for utility lines to be properly marked. A representative from Call Okie will ask for the location and description of your digging project.


⚑ Call Okie will notify aff ected utility companies, who will then send a professional locator to the proposed dig site to mark the approximate location of their lines with fl ags or spray paint.


⚑ Once lines have been properly marked, roll up those sleeves and carefully dig around the marked areas.


Our underground utility


infrastructure is made up of thousands of miles of pipelines carrying natural gas, water, and other vital resources. Striking a line can lead to unintentional utility line damage that can compromise the environment and public safety. "Making this free call helps


prevent injuries, property damage, and inconvenient outages," said


Okie811


. . . and in that hole, there was a tree v April is Safe Digging Month


Susan Bohl, executive director for Call Okie. "Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without fi rst calling 811." Striking a single line can


cause injury, repair costs, fi nes, and inconvenient outages. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, necessitates a call to 811. Installing a mailbox, putting in a fence, building a deck, and laying a patio are all examples of digging projects that need a call to 811 before starting. Call Okie encourages area


residents to visit www.callokie.com for more information about 811 and the call-before-you-dig process.


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