If you don’t find out where it’s safe to dig, it’s quite possible that you could damage a buried utility and potentially create a life threatening situation.
Damaging a telephone or fiber optic line may not only cause an inconvenience by losing phone service, but it could deprive the community of emergency assistance. This could also make it impossible for police officers to get the information they need to keep themselves and your community safe.
Damaging a water or sewer line could threaten the safety of the public and environment. Striking a high pressure water main can be dangerous and result in the loss of water to the surrounding neighborhoods.
Damage to a sewer line could contaminate ground water and have other environmental impacts.
Damaging gas lines could result in serious personal injury and property damage if escaping gas ignites and could possibly result in a community evacuation.
Damaging an electric line could cause a shock, major burns or electrocution.