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Make sure you call Digger's Hotline before you dig this summer


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) - Spring is here, but before you start digging for a garden or planting trees, make sure you know what's beneath your lawn by calling 811.

That's the number of the Digger's Hotline, a service that's free for you. WPS Spokeswoman Kelly Zagrzebski says it's key to make sure you're not going to cut underground utilities. "That can not only interrupt service for you, it can be potentially deadly." A whole host of services lie underground from gas mains to power lines.

Calling 811 three days before you dig will make sure that crews from the various utility companies make it out to mark your lawn before you dig to make sure you're safe. WPS responds to more than 400 cases of damaged lines and wires year year.