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CAUTION | 48 inches in Michigan
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Hand digging with a rounded or blunt shovel
Hand dig with a rounded or blunt shovel. Never use a pickaxe or pointed spade, and never stomp on a shovel with both feet. That’s a sure way to damage a utility line.
Use vacuum technology. This method uses suction and water to quickly and safely remove soil. Be mindful of water pressure; use lower pressure and tips with multiple nozzles.
811 Know what's below. Call before you dig.
Additional safety guidelines, instructional videos and training tools are available at Consumers Energy's Work Safe website.