April 24, 2014

April is Dig Safely Month

In order to raise citizen awareness, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon proclaimed April “Dig Safely Month” in the state of Missouri.

Kicking off the campaign, Chuck Simino and other business and telecommunications leaders invited to attend a ceremony in Governor Nixon’s office on March 15.   Praising the work already done by the Missouri One-Call System, Governor Nixon stressed the need to continue protecting  the state’s underground telecommunications and utility infrastructure.

Missouri law requires that a locate request be placed before beginning any excavation (homeowners, that means trees, shrubs, and flowers!).  Placing a locate request is free and easy! Call 1-800-DIG-RITE (800-344-7483) or 811 or start an internet ticket at online at www.mo1call.com.

The utilities should respond to your request within 3 working days by:

  • Marking the approximate location of their facilities or
  • Notifying you that they have no facilities in your dig site area.

After the utility companies respond, you can then proceed with your excavation…safely!