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Homeowners and contractors who are anxious to tackle projects this spring after an extended winter are reminded to not take shortcuts by failing to locate lines under property.

A team from Captive Audience was at Home Hardware in Swift Current on Saturday reminding people to contact Sask 1st Call in advance of breaking ground on any project. The service ensures that underground lines are marked allowing for safe digging during projects like installing fence posts or excavating work.

"We want to be sure people are being safe and not digging into any power lines or anything that would be harmful to them," commented spokesperson Lauren Butts. "We're just trying to get it out there so people are aware that this service is available to them."

Contacting Sask 1st Call’s ‘Call Before You Dig’ provides access to Sask 1st Call's 45 members (including SaskEnergy/TransGas, SaskPower, and SaskTel) who ensure underground services are propertly marked before digging begins.

Sask 1st Call can be accessed toll free at 1-866-828-4888, from any SaskTel Mobility cell phone by dialing #4888, or via their website at  

Line locate requests must be made a minimum of two full working days before any digging project begins, but it is advised to plan ahead and provide more time for the service to be completed.

"You think you know where everything is but it's just so much safer to have them come out there. They know where everything is, so if you're going to be putting in that fence or sprinklers it's important to know where those lines are," Butts added

"There's a lot of people that aren't really thinking about those lines when they're going to be doing it themselves. They just want to get it done, quick and efficiently. But it's always just safer to make sure you get those lines marked and just know what's available to you to make sure that everything is being done safely."

Geographic location: Swift Current

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