If you’re thinking of starting a spring garden or any landscaping projects that will require digging, please remember to call 811 before you dig in order to have underground utilities marked.

The national 811 “Call Before You Dig” phone number links residents to a local call center, which then dispatches local utility companies to mark underground utility lines, pipes and cables with paint or flags so you know what’s below. In North Carolina, residents should call at least 72 hours before beginning to dig.

By calling 811 before every project, residents can help save lives, avoid costly penalties from hitting underground lines and protect infrastructure. It’s important to know what’s below ground to prevent a potentially life-threatening mistake.

For more information about safe digging and the “Call Before You dig” process, visit the 811 website at www.call811.com.