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National Grid reminds Central New Yorkers to dial 811 before yard projects

Spray painted "dig safe" on a road
Courtesy National Grid
National Grid
The National Grib building shines with red, white and blue lights on a dark evening in Syracuse.

Once milder spring temperatures settle in this month, Central New Yorkers will be doing more landscaping and other home projects that might require digging. 

National Grid is reminding everyone before you dig, you must call 811 so the utilities that service your home or business can mark the locations where underground lines exist. Before utilities come out, the company suggests spray painting the area where you intend to dig.

Professional locators will mark-off any utilities that exist within 15 feet of a project area. Utilities are required to respond within two business days before your work begins. April is National Safe Digging Month. 

Approximately every nine minutes an underground utility is severed or damaged and people are injured because people don’t follow the law and call in advance. 

It’s suggested to call between two to 10 days in advance.

John Smith has been waking up WAER listeners for a long time as our Local Co-Host of Morning Edition with timely news and information, working alongside student Sportscasters from the Newhouse School.