British Columbia Safety Authority

British Columbia Safety Authority

April 21, 2011 12:43 ET

BC Safety Authority: Planning on Digging Up a Gas Line This Weekend?

April Is Safe Digging Month

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 21, 2011) - Long weekends often come with a surge of garden activity – the BC Safety Authority offers one important tip to keep you and your family safe while digging. From deck building to tree planting, when it comes to digging in your backyard with anything from an excavator to a shovel, make one phone call first to save time, money and potentially lives.

According to Wayne Lock, the Safety Authority's Gas Safety Manager, "Whatever ground-breaking activities you have planned, a safe approach means contacting BC One Call before you dig. Gas lines, electrical wires and a network of buried facilities are at risk of being damaged during any type of excavation."

BC One Call is a free service where you can request the location of underground facilities. Anyone who plans to dig can reach BC One Call at: 1-800-474-6886 or dial *6886 from a cell phone.

April is declared National Safe Digging Month. "This is for good reason," says Lock. "It is costly and dangerous to damage the many underground service lines buried in your backyard and surrounding areas. Planning is the key - all excavators and homeowners should contact BC One Call before they dig. It's free, it's easy and knowing your underground environment can save you from potential danger and expense."

Lock explains that excavators are "not just the companies with the heavy equipment but also just about anyone planning to break ground."

If you would like more information about digging safely, visit the BC Safety Authority web site at: www.safetyauthority.ca/safety-information/homeowners/gas or check out the BC Common Ground Alliance site at: www.commongroundbc.ca.

The British Columbia Safety Authority keeps people safe by mandating the safe installation and use of technical equipment. The BCSA also issues permits and licences, educates, and conducts onsite inspections in high-risk situations.

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