April Safe Dig Month
Annual Month to Highlight the Dangers of Excavation
April is National Safe Dig Month.
This is an important month in our industry because as utilities you are all aware of the dangers of digging without a proper locate. If someone digging hits a gas line it might cause a leak or some property damage, or it could cause a loss of life and major damage.
In November 2022, the Canadian Common Ground Alliance reported that in 2021 there were 11,403 reported damages from digging. That is down from previous years but still represents an estimated $1 Billion in damage every year from digging. Of those reported damages, 27% did not have a locate performed prior to digging, and 37% were due to insufficient excavation.
Every April, time is taken to educate the public on the importance of getting locates done before any kind of digging. It’s important to do this in the Spring just as companies and people are starting the yardwork or construction season.
The Federation in April will turn over all its digital video ads to a Safe Dig message, and will also advertise this message on the Global TV App.
The Federation has Safe Dig videos available on its YouTube channel, including Click Before You Dig and Dig Safe.