Safe Landscape Renovation
If you own your own home, you may decide to undertake your own renovation, maintenance, and repair projects. Unfortunately, often people who take on do-it-yourself projects do not observe proper safety precautions, putting themselves, their families, and their neighbors at risk. When beginning an outdoor excavation project, it is important to understand the dangers of digging without knowing the exact location of underground pipes and utility lines.
Before you begin any digging project, it is important to follow proper safety procedure:
- Call your utility company. You can contact a local number or call the national Safe Digging Hotline at 8-1-1.
- After you explain your project, your utility company will send a representative, free of charge, to evaluate your property.
- The utility company will mark your underground lines with different flags, paint, or tape. He or she should be able to explain what each marker means and instruct you as to how closely you may dig to each.
If a person begins and excavation project without first contacting the utility company, they run the risk of severe injury and property damage to themselves and their neighbors, and may face extensive fines from the city.
People who dig without first contacting their utility companies risk hitting underground pipes and cables. Results can range from utility failure throughout the neighborhood to a devastating explosion that causes serious injuries and property loss. If you or a loved one has been injured because of a pipeline explosion or fire, contact the Iowa explosion lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C.. P.C. by calling 877-327-2600.