Diggers asked to call 811 to protect underground power lines

Diggers asked to call 811 to protect underground power lines

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - In honor of National Safe Digging Month, energy and electricity company Entergy is asking those looking to do some gardening to be careful.

Entergy is asking everyone to be safe before they attempt to dig anywhere by calling 811 to learn where utility power lines are located.

"Call center representatives can advise you how to submit requests to learn what structures may be buried beneath the ground, such as natural gas pipelines, electric power lines and other services," says Dennis Dawsey, VP of Entergy Customer Service.

The power company says utility line depth varies and there may be multiple utility lines in one common area. The risk of striking an underground utility line exists even when digging only a few inches.

When you call 811, professionals will place markings showing the approximate location of underground lines through paint or flags. This helps cut down on potential fines and service interruptions if those lines get dug up.

If you suspect utility damage of any kind, leave the area immediately and call Entergy toll-free at 1-800-ENTERGY (1-800-368-3749) or local emergency responders. A gas leak could be occurring if you smell the distinctive natural gas odor, hear a hissing or whistling sound near a gas appliance or see dead vegetation or bubbles near a gas line.

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