South Jersey Gas, in effort to promote safe digging, is giving away trees

Utility hopes to use promotion to remind residents to call 811 before starting a digging project

It’s an annual reminder of Spring: Call before you dig.

Before you put a shovel in the ground – whether it be for gardening, building a fence, installing a mailbox or anything else you might do in your yard – you should call the 811 Safe Digging Hotline.

It’s a good way to prevent damage to essential underground utilities and keep communities safe, utility officials said.

Recent surveying finds that approximately 4 out of 10 New Jerseyans are not familiar with 811, potentially putting themselves and their communities at risk.

Digging without mark outs to know the approximate location of underground utilities is against the law in New Jersey. It can result in serious injuries, inconvenient service disruptions and costly repairs when gas, electric, communications, water and sewer lines are damaged.

In observance of National Safe Digging Month in April, South Jersey Gas – a subsidiary of South Jersey Industries – will give away more than 100 trees to employees and local community leaders as they prepare to observe Arbor Day.