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Do you know what’s below?

If you’re planning to build a deck, install a fence, plant a tree, or make a flowerbed, it’s important to find out where it’s safe to dig. That’s because in many areas electrical cables, natural gas pipelines, and other utilities are buried under the ground.

Whether you’re a homeowner or contractor, if your project will disturb the ground deeper than 15 centimetres, go to to request a line locate at least three business days before you dig, drill, or excavate.

Digging into an electrical cable can cause serious injury or death. Damaging a natural gas pipe can result in a gas leak, fire, or even an explosion. Damages can also result in disrupted power or natural gas service to an entire neighbourhood. Fixing a punctured gas line is expensive, and you’ll have to pay for it.

Don’t put yourself and others at risk. Click Before You Dig MB is a free service that’s available 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Once your request is processed, a utility locator will identify electrical cables with red markings and natural gas pipes with yellow. All locates are valid for 14 days.

You’ll also receive safe digging guidelines to follow. If you’ll be digging within one metre on either side of the markings, you must dig with hand tools, or your project may require a Manitoba Hydro safety representative on site to supervise. Always follow the guidelines and drill or excavate with caution.

Remember, safe digging starts with one click, or by calling 1-800-940-3447.

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