To help ensure these projects can proceed safely, and without disruptions to essential utility services that we all depend on to be able to stay connected during the ongoing pandemic, April is recognized as National Safe Digging Month.
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and more than 1,000 other utilities support this nationwide public safety initiative to raise awareness about the importance of calling 811 to have underground utility lines marked in advance of any digging project.
Throughout the pandemic, many homeowners are using their extra time at home to complete projects that require digging, according to a recent national survey conducted by the Common Ground Alliance.
In fact, the survey shows that one in five homeowners (20%) have been more likely to do a DIY home improvement involving digging since the pandemic began – particularly gardening projects, and 56% of homeowners who are planning to plant a tree or shrub this year said they were more likely to dig while having extra time at home.
The most popular planned projects cited among surveyed homeowners who plan to dig include:
– Planting a tree or shrub: 62%.
– Building a fence: 37%.
– Building a deck or patio: 32%.
– Installing a mailbox: 20%.
– Installing a pool: 6%.
– Something else: 26%.
Additionally, of the…