Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - April is National Safe Digging Month, reminding all of us to follow the mandatory law to “Call Before You Dig” by contacting One Call of Wyoming at all times throughout the year before you pick up a shovel or maneuver a backhoe.
Contact One Call of Wyoming at 811 toll-free at least two days before your project begins, and the free service will send utility specialists out to locate and mark underground lines with color-coded paint or flags. Yellow, for example, marks lines carrying natural gas, steam, petroleum or other gasses.
Failure to contact One Call of Wyoming can result in large fines, responsibility for expensive repairs to public and private property, and put you, your family and everyone in the surrounding area in immediate danger.
“Public and employee safety are always our first priority, and we urge everyone to join us in putting safety first,” said Jack Whyatt, Construction Services Manager for Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power. “A seemingly casual project can end in disaster if you strike an underground utility line. If you won’t follow this law for yourself, please call for those you love and care about.”
The law applies whether you’re a homeowner planting a tree or a contractor taking on a major excavation. The site owner and every individual, company and subcontractor must all call, even if you think someone else already did so.
“Cheyenne Light is responsible for 1,253.5 miles of underground electric and natural gas lines in Laramie County,” Whyatt said. “Underground utility lines may be out of site, but they should never be out of mind.”
Additional information is available at www.onecallwyoming.com, www.cheyennelight.com and by calling Cheyenne Light’s customer service center at 866-264-8003. If you think you smell natural gas or have other natural gas or electricity related concerns, the 24-hour Cheyenne Light emergency number is 800-246-1109.
“Be safe and ensure the safety of everyone around you by contacting the free One Call of Wyoming service at 811 at least two days before you dig,” Whyatt said. “It’s free, it’s easy and it’s the law.”