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Planting season is underway!

Over 3,000 miles of Cass County Electric Cooperative’s 5,800 miles of power lines are buried underground. Though it’s safe from high winds and accidental vehicle damage, it is susceptible to another threat that increases every spring. Once the ground thaws, landscaping and construction projects take off, and accidental dig-ins to underground power lines do, too.

Digging into power lines can cause outages for the whole neighborhood, but they are also extremely dangerous and can be life-threatening. It’s not just buried power lines you have to worry about, either. Water, sewer, gas, and telecommunications equipment is often right underfoot as well. Luckily, there’s an easy process to keep you safe. Two days before you work, visit or call 8-1-1. You’ll provide a bit of information about the work you’re doing and the location, and N.D. One Call will make sure all the appropriate utility companies are given a heads up to come out and mark the locations of buried equipment. Once a request is made, the companies have 48 hours to locate their facilities, and the paint or flags they leave behind will be your guide to safety.

Safety is the number one priority at Cass County Electric Cooperative. This spring and summer, before you pick up the shovel, visit or dial 8-1-1.

We remind you to keep a clear space 10 feet in front of transformers and 3 feet on each side, so workers can access them. Tall, decorative grasses that can bend and restore themselves are okay, but note that anything within the listed space may be damaged or removed!


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