Statewide Iowa — (RI) — If you plan to do landscaping that involves digging this weekend you should have called 8-1-1 earlier this week to have your yard marked for underground utilities.

Nicole Breitbach, the community affairs manager for Black Hills Energy, says National Safe Digging Day is this Sunday.

Safe Digging Day is held every August 11th as that’s 8-1-1 on the calendar. It’s a way to remind the public about calling 8-1-1 if they plan to do any digging. Besides, it’s the law.

If an underground utility line is hit while you’re digging, it can cause serious injuries, interrupt service to your entire neighborhood, and potentially result in fines and repair costs.

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