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April Dig Safe Month

April is designated National Dig Safe Month across Canada. Each year, during April, the Canadian Common Ground Alliance (CCGA), Alberta Common Ground Alliance (ABCGA), other provincial CGAs and their members raise awareness about damage prevention and promote safe digging practices.

Dig Safe Month coincides with the unofficial start of the spring digging season and this campaign serves as a reminder to homeowners and contractors that they need to ‘click’ or ‘call’ before they dig.

As a contractor, homeowner, or landowner, you can save time and money while keeping yourself, your community and your province safe by calling or clicking before you dig.

How Click Before You Dig works:

  • Visiting ClickBeforeYouDig.com will connect you with your local one-call centre.
  • Requesting locates online is a convenient way to submit a request at your convenience. A ticket confirmation will be sent via email once your request has been processed.
  • When submitting your locate request, provide an accurate location and description of the planned digging site.
  • The affected utility companies will be notified of the intent to dig.
  • The utility companies will each send a professional locator to the digging site to identify and mark the approximate location of the underground lines.
  • Once lines have been marked, you should respect the marks and dig carefully around them.
  • If you must dig within one meter of a buried utility, use hand tools to carefully expose the line before digging further.

Types of projects:

  • Lines need to be marked for each separate project, such as putting up a fence, planting a tree or building a deck.
  • Submit your locate request a few days prior to digging to allow time for professional locators to mark the utility lines.
  • Even if you’ve hired a contractor, make sure the contractor visits ClickBeforeYouDig.com to have lines marked.

Consequences:

  • Every year, the estimated cost of damaging buried utilities in Canada is more than $1 billion.
  • Hitting an underground utility line while digging can cause serious injuries, disrupt service to entire neighborhoods, and potentially result in fines and repair costs.
  • Even minor marks or dents can compromise a buried utility’s overall integrity and lead to problems at a later date.