'Call before you dig': Simple step helps avoid dangerous utility line damage

A new survey reveals that nearly 40 percent of homeowners who plan to dig in their yard this year do not plan to call 811 before beginning the project, and even more don't have experience with that process.

"Digging without knowing the approximate location of underground utilities can result in serious injuries, service disruptions, and costly repairs when gas, electric, communications, water and sewer lines are damaged," states a release from the Texas Pipeline Awareness Alliance.

Calling Texas811 creates a ticket that alerts the nearby utility companies to go to your worksite and mark where their underground utilities are located.

Rochel Ditmore from Atmos Energy joined First News at Four to discuss. See the video player above and the Related Links below for more.