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Here are a few very important things you should know about underground power lines and how to work safely around them.
More and more power lines are being buried underground. This poses a considerable threat
for both construction workers and do-it-yourself homeowners. Even if you’re undertaking a seemingly harmless job, such as digging a hole for a new fence, the risks are still there.
You’ve probably heard the “Call before you dig” mantra many times. But take it to heart – nothing good happens when a shovel plunges into a live power line.
The number to call is easy to remember: 811. Call at least 48 hours in advance of your project, and the representative will notify Alabama 811 member utilities.
Soon after utilities are notified, various technicians will come out and put spray paint in the places where there are lines.
Please take this simple step before digging. It’s easy. And it’s free. You’ll save a lot of headaches – and maybe even your life.
Color codes for marking underground utility lines:
Proposed excavation
Temporary survey markings
Electric power lines, cables, conduit and lighting cables
Reclaimed water, irrigation and slurry lines
For more electrical safety tips, visit
© 2019 Alabama Power Company
Gas, oil, steam, petroleum or gaseous materials
Communications, alarm or signal lines, cables or conduit
Potable water
Sewers and drain lines
In an emergency, call:
1-800-888-APCO (2726)
Before you dig:
Dial 811

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