With the construction season underway, the City of Corning is reminding the public about utility safety issues when digging. Before breaking ground, anyone digging needs to contact Dig Safely New York.
The mission of Dig Safely New York is to prevent damage to underground facilities. Once contacted, Dig Safely will notify local utility owners to mark out their infrastructure to ensure it is not damaged during digging operations.
Dig Safely can be reached by calling 811 or through their website at www.DigSafelyNewYork.com
If anyone is planning to dig, here’s what they need to know:
Homeowners should contact Dig Safely at least 72 hours, but no more than 10 working days (excluding weekends and legal holidays) before beginning any digging project.
It’s important to call before starting any type of work involving digging. Examples include:
· Digging holes for fence posts or a mailbox
· Anchoring supports for decks and swings sets
· Planting trees
· Removing tree roots
· Driving landscaping stakes into the ground
· Installing a retainer wall
By not calling, you risk:
· Costly property or environmental damage
· Explosion or fire on your property
· Power or utility service interruptions
· Injury—or even death
More information on Dig Safely can be found on the dig safety website.