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SMUD asks customers to make safe before digging

Whether it’s a small project like planting a tree, a larger one like building a deck or fence, or a big project such as putting in a pool, be sure to include a very important safety step prior to starting any digging job.

Notify Underground Service Alert North 811 (USA) a minimum of two full business daysbefore beginning to dig to find out if there are any dangerous underground utilities such as electric power lines in the area. This is a free service.

Whether you are doing the job yourself or hiring a professional, smart and safe digging means calling 811 or visiting usanorth811.org to request a utility-locate before each job; using the website for your notification can save time The notification is valid for 28 days, so if the excavation project goes beyond this timeframe, notify USA North 811 again.

SMUD and other area utilities such as gas, water, and cable television will be contacted to determine whether they have underground facilities, and if so, the locations will be marked at the excavation site. Underground utility lines are not always located in the street; some utilities may be located in backyard easements. Digging into an underground electrical line can cause power outages and personal injury or death.

Be aware, it is the law to notify USA North 811 before you dig. Besides the legal requirement, it’s the way to stay safe and avoid financial and legal responsibility for repairs and/or injuries.

About the author

John Todd

Born and raised in Rio Linda, graduate of Rio Linda High School, and resident for most of the last 50 years. Committee Chair for the Rio Linda Elverta Visions Committee, announcer for the Rio Linda Little League Parade, Keeper of the Archway Lights, and outspoken advocate for the community.

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