Now that spring has arrived with warmer weather, a lot of homeowners will be outdoors engaged in improvement projects.
That can be good and bad. Missouri Gas Energy advises that if the work involves digging that people call 811, a hotline for safety. April after all is National Safe Digging Month.
Dialing 811 “is the quickest and easiest way to prevent serious pipeline accidents,” saving lives and property. “Every digging project — even a small one like installing a mailbox, building a deck or planting a tree or garden — warrants a call,” Missouri Gas Energy cautions in a prepared statement.
An unforgettable gas explosion involved JJ’s restaurant on the Country Club Plaza. On Feb. 19, 2013, the popular establishment filled will natural gas and blew up, killing one person, injuring more than a dozen others and doing a lot of property damage.
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Heartland Midwest LLC, the Olathe-based drilling company hired by Time Warner Cable, was boring underground near JJ’s restaurant. Gas lines in the area that had been marked, although investigations question the accuracy. At some point in the drilling breached the gas lines.
“Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged nationwide because someone decided to dig without first calling 811,” Craig Hoeferlin, vice president of operations services for Missouri Gas Energy said in the prepared statement. “Striking a single line can cause injury and outages, and incur repair costs and fines.
“Calling this free service is easy to do and can prevent lots of headaches.”