Marleau announces April as Michigan Safe Digging Month

LANSING—At a press conference on the Capitol steps on Thursday, state Sen. Jim Marleau announced April as Michigan Safe Digging Month.

“Each year, Michigan’s utility infrastructure can be unintentionally damaged by those who fail to notify the authorities of an upcoming dig,” said Marleau, sponsor of Senate Resolution 133, which designates April as Michigan Safe Digging Month. “This can result in service interruption, damage to property and the environment, personal injury, and even death.

“Because the month of April traditionally marks the beginning of the commercial and residential construction season, we decided to pick April as the time to remind Michiganders to call 811 before a dig.”

811 is the national, toll-free, call-before-you-dig number. Marleau said excavators and homeowners can save time and money while keeping Michigan residents and workers safe and connected by calling 811 at least three days before beginning any digging project.

By simply dialing 811, Michigan homeowners and contractors are connected to MISS DIG System, Inc., which notifies appropriate utility owners of their intent to dig.

“Safe digging is no accident,” said Marleau, R-Lake Orion. “We encourage excavators and homeowners throughout our great state to always call 811 before digging.”

This April marks the five-year anniversary for both National Safe Digging Month and the 811 Campaign.