National Safe Digging Week
Monday 21st September to Sunday 27th September
National Safe Digging Week is a brand-new initiative that is running nationally to raise awareness around hitting buried assets.
During this week, we are looking for supporters from all industries to make sure the campaign reaches as far and wide as possible.
All support is free, we just want as many people and companies as possible to jump on board and help us to continue the consumer education around this important topic.
Why it’s important to Search Before You Dig?
Accidently hitting an electricity cable or a gas or water pipe can cause serious injury or death. This changes lives for ever.
Even if injury is avoided, hitting a pipe or cable can easily cut off an entire neighbourhood from a major utility. And no one wants to be without water, electricity, gas or broadband whilst things are repaired!
Yet, many people aren’t aware of having to check what’s under the ground before they dig.
They perhaps think it can’t happen to them – they’re only doing a small job or just digging in their garden. Or they think checking will take too long, cost money or be complicated. None of this is true. Searching before you dig couldn’t be easier and it’s FREE to do.
How to Search Before You Dig
• Just put in your location in here.
• Wait 5 minutes
• Maps will be provided of pipes and cables registered with us, together with contact details for other asset owners.
No matter what digging job you are planning to do around the home – no matter how small, even if you’re just planting a tree or putting in a fence post Search Before You Dig!
More Reasons to Search Before You Dig
• Avoid injury or death – remember it isn’t always your life at risk; you’re also endangering others around you.
• Pipes and cables are closer to the surface then you think – don’t risk it.
• The UK has 1.5m kilometres of underground pipes and cables – a lot! Our search tool covers over 1m of these networks.
• Being without electricity, gas, water or broadband for any time is a real nuisance – doubly so if you’re working from home.
• Just because you have ‘always lived at this house’ doesn’t mean you know where all of the pipes and cables are.
• Even the smallest digging job can result in a pipe or cable being hit
• It costs roughly £3,000 for a utility company to repair a broken pipe or cable – imagine the positive impact on everyone’s household bills if these incidents were reduced.
• Add in things like the disruption to peoples’ lives and local businesses, traffic delays and lost work hours - fixing a broken pipe or cable actually costs £87,000. That’s a big impact on the economy in your area.
• Search is free
So no matter how small the job - ‘Search Before You Dig’.
Search now for free here.