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Call 811 before you dig

April is National Safe Digging Month. The message: Before you do any digging on your property deeper than 12 inches, call 811.

Whether you plan to install fencing or a new lamppost, you need to know what's below. And you do that by calling 811 - at least two days before you plan to dig.

“Then the utilities will come out and they're going to mark the ground in various colors for the utilities they own from the main to where they connect to your house,” said Don Evans, executive administrator of Washington's 811 program.

Without making that call to 811, you could damage an underground utility line. By doing that, you could get hurt and disrupt service to you and your neighbors. Hitting an underground gas, electric, water, sewer or communications line could also result in a steep fine.

"You could be fined by the utility company that was damaged up to $1,000 per occurrence and that could go as high as $5,000 per occurrence if there's recurrence within three years,” Evans said.

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