Call Before You Dig

Xcel Energy is reminding customers to call before they dig to have underground utility lines marked free of charge.

April is National Safe Digging Month, which reminds people that digging without locating utility lines can lead to injuries, loss of life, and property damage.

Xcel Energy officials say they had four incidents in Texas and one in New Mexico when customers did not call 8-1-1 and it caused damage to buried gas or electric lines.

In Texas, homeowners and contractors should call 8-1-1 or submit an online request to Texas 811. In New Mexico, online requests should go to NM 811. In both states, people should request at least two days before starting a project.

Even digging to install a mailbox post requires that you call the 8-11 digging hotline.

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