Underground Damage Prevention - 811 - Dig Safe

Construction season is upon us once again! In our continuing quest to promote Underground Damage Prevention, the Division of Enforcement of the Department of Energy instructs Homeowners, Professionals and Government Agencies to use the 811 DigSafe phone number. Not only is 811 easier to remember, it’s FREE. Remember – always call 811 before you dig – it’s the law!

Call 811 Before You Dig!

The Governors of New Hampshire continually recognize the importance of underground damage prevention and proclaims each April as Safe Digging month.

For more than two decades, current and past Governors of the State of New Hampshire have supported enhancing public safety through safe excavating practices by observing April as Safe Digging Month. In New Hampshire, each April typically launches the start of a new construction season affecting thousands of miles of underground utility infrastructure. This continued focus highlights public awareness efforts of the State’s one call center, utility best practices regarding locating and excavation techniques, and the Department of Energy Division of Enforcement's strict adherence to enforcement mechanisms that includes in-house training. Coupled with outreach campaigns such as promoting calling 811 prior to digging, each Governor has consistently reinforced the importance of New Hampshire’s Underground Damage Prevention System resulting in a continual progression towards the State’s primary objective of decreasing underground damage incidents. View New Hampshire’s measurements of historical trends and successful program outcomes.

APWA Uniform Color Code for Marking Underground Utility Lines

*Note: Chapter Puc 800 806 Marking the Tolerance Zone Puc 806.02 Markers allows for pink to be used for dual purposes. Puc 806.02(g) states: Excavators shall use pink for premarking when snow conditions would render white premarking not clearly visible.