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Don’t Forget to Call Before Starting Those Fall Projects

As you have probably noticed, 80 degree days are being forced out by low 70s and even cooler evenings. Fall is approaching, with winter not too far behind. Have you installed that fence you’ve been meaning to get to all summer? Is that old tree in the backyard not going to make through another heavy snow filled winter? Great Plains Communications would like to take a moment to remind our customers of the Digger’s Hotline.

Keep in mind that the projects we are referring to are more than just planting some tomatoes or putting in some new bushes around the fence. If you are planning to dig more than 6 inches into the ground, you should start off by calling 811.

The Digger’s Hotline keeps track of the many electrical wires, Internet Cable, sewer lines and other wires that run underneath your city. These pipes and wires can run underneath streets, businesses, parks and your home. While we here at Great Plains Communications traditionally bury our Internet, Cable and Phone wires at least 6 ft. underground, some wires may be placed as little as 6 in. underground.

In addition to the 811 phone number, the Digger’s Hotline also has a website you can visit, at http://www.ne1call.com/. There you can find information on digging projects, upcoming events, new laws and even registration for a Damage Prevention Class.

Remember that it is your duty to call before starting a project, and if you do damage any pipes or wires, you may be liable. Protect yourself and your neighbors and call 811 first!

Call Before You Dig this Spring

Have you started opening up the windows yet? Are you just itching to get outside and start your spring projects? Before your shovel hits the dirt, Great Plains Communications would like to take a moment to remind our customers of the Digger’s Hotline and calling before you dig.

Keep in mind that the projects we are referring to are more than just planting some tomatoes or putting in some new flowers along the walkway. If you are planning to dig more than 6 inches into the ground, you should start off by calling 811. These projects could be the install of a new fence, putting in an underground pool or planting a new tree.

The Digger’s Hotline keeps track of the many electrical wires, Internet Cable, sewer lines and other wires that run underneath your city. Pipes and wires can run underneath streets, businesses, parks and your home without your knowledge. While we here at Great Plains Communications traditionally bury our Internet, Cable and Phone wires at least 6 ft. underground, some wires may be placed as little as 6 in. underground.

In addition to the 811 phone number, the Digger’s Hotline also has a website you can visit, at http://www.ne1call.com/. There you can find information on digging projects, upcoming events, new laws and even registration for a Damage Prevention Class.

Remember that it is your duty to call before starting a project, and if you do damage any pipes or wires, you may be liable. Protect yourself and your neighbors and call 811 first!

 

Spring Projects Coming Up? Call Before You Dig!

Call Before You DigEven though the weather is still pretty chilly, many Nebraskans are already looking forward to their upcoming outdoor spring projects.  Before these plans get underway, we’re taking a moment to remind our customers to call before they start any digging projects this year.

Digging projects include lawn installation projects such as building a new fence, putting in an underground pool, planting new trees, or adding a fountain.  Any project that requires you to dig more than 6 inches into the ground should start with a call to 811.  (That means most gardening projects should be fine!)

The Digger’s Hotline keeps track of the many electrical wires, Internet Cable, sewer lines and other wires that run underneath your city.  These pipes and wires can run under city streets, businesses, parks, and your home.  While we here at Great Plains Communications traditionally bury our Internet, Cable, and Phone wires at least 6 ft. underground, some cable may be placed as little as 6 in. underground.  Thus we encourage all customers to check with the hotline even if you don’t think that your digging project is very extensive.

In addition to the easy-to-remember 811 phone number, the Digger’s Hotline also has a website at http://www.ne1call.com/.  There you can find information about digging projects, upcoming events, new laws and a helpful handbook.

Remember that it’s your duty to call before you start a project and if you do damage any pipes or wires, you may be liable.  Protect yourself and your neighbors and always call first!

Get Digging, Get Calling…… The Diggers Hotline!

Call Before You DigWhile the weather may not be cooperating, spring is here!  That means warm weather construction projects are right around the corner.  So, we here are Great Plains Communications want to make sure that you know to Call before you dig!

You may not know, but there are dozens of wires and pipes running below the surface of your town and these lines cross under streets, parks, businesses, and backyards.  That means if your summer plans include adding a new fence, an underground pool, trees or any other digging project, you need to call the Diggers Hotline of Nebraska at 811.

This hotline will tell you if there are any water pipes, Cable lines, electric wires or other issues before you accidentally cut your neighbor’s Internet access.  We encourage you to check with the hotline even if you don’t think that your digging project is very extensive.  While Great Plains Communications traditionally buries its Internet, Cable, and Phone wires at least 6 ft. underground, some cable may be placed as little as 6 in. underground.

If you have any more questions, the Diggers Hotline of Nebraska has created a great handbook that you can view by clicking here.  It will answer your frequently-asked-questions.

Do you have your own digging safety tip to add?  Let us know in the comments section below!