Dig this – last year 35 people hit underground services in Langley

BC One Call is a free service that tells people where underground lines are located.

Last year in Langley, there were 35 incidents when people hit underground utilities like gas lines.

And when that happens, not only does work cease and the person at fault on the hook for the damage, often it puts people and property in danger.

“Hitting an underground electrical or gas line is both dangerous and expensive,” said Brad Wyatt, BC Safety Authority’s Gas Safety Manager. “It only takes a few minutes to make a phone call or submit a request online which will save you time, money and perhaps even your life.”

For Safe Digging Month, the BC Safety Authority and Fortis BC are reminding people not to dig until they have checked that no underground utilities will be impacted.

Use BC One Call, a free service that provides the location of underground lines.

People may not realize that under their property is a maze of utilities

including telecommunication cables, water and sewage lines, natural gas pipelines or electrical wires.

Last year in B.C. there were more than 1,000 incidents of natural gas line damage from excavation.

Of the 35 incidents in Langley, 11 were by homeowners, typically doing landscaping projects, fencing or home renovations.

Another 22 incidents were by contractors, both residential and commercial, and two were uncategorized.

Homeowners should check before any work, including demolition.

Requests can be made at www.bconecall.bc.ca, 1-800-474-6886 or *6886 from a cellphone. BC One Call is available 24/7 service 365 days a year. Requests should be made at least three full business days before the planned excavation.

“Whether you’re excavating on a job site or digging in your own garden, find out where gas lines and utilities are buried before you dig,” added Ian Turnbull, damage prevention and emergency service manager with FortisBC. “Don’t be on the hook for damages: call or click before you dig.”