Don't Forget to Call Before you Dig!
Now that it is summer there is plenty of daylight hours for outdoor projects – which is why Black River Falls Municipal Utilities would like to remind customers to take care around utility equipment and to plan ahead before digging.
Customers should take care when digging in the yard – underground gas and electric lines can be buried just one foot deep and cause serious damage or injury if hit. Before planting a tree or shrub or digging a trench, contact Diggers Hotline by dialing 811, or 1-800-242-8511, or using the web site at www.diggershotline.com. Don’t forget to call or make your request online THREE working days before digging to allow enough time for a utility worker to mark the location of any buried lines, it may just save your life.
Another outdoor hazard to use extra care when working around is the pad-mounted transformer or pedestal (large metal box) in your yard. These boxes contain high-voltage utility equipment that utility crews must be able to access immediately in the event of equipment failure or a power outage, and ventilation must be maintained for safety and equipment longevity.
Please be safe, do not allow children to play on or around this equipment, which could be hot or have sharp edges.
Flowers and ornamental grasses can be used to camouflage this type of equipment without obstructing it. Ask the utility before planting trees and shrubs or building a fence near these boxes.
It is very popular to plant trees on the lot lines for privacy reasons. If your property is served by poles and overhead lines, it is important to choose a species of plant that won’t grow into the lines. Utility companies must maintain clearance from trees for reliability and safety reasons. Preplanning will eliminate the need for the utility to trim, or in some cases, remove the tree from the utility right of way.