Know What’s Below, Call Before You Dig

May 01, 2022

Before you pick up a shovel, pick up the phone and call 811. Electric, water, sewer, natural gas, phone, and cable lines are often buried underground. One wrong move can disconnect you and your neighbors from these services – or cause death or injury from an electric shock or explosion.

Did you know there are over 20 million miles of underground facilities throughout the U.S.? In Salem Electric’s 17.5 square mile service territory, we have approximately 263 miles of underground wire supplying power to members’ homes.

So before you start your next digging project, whatever it may be, call 811 two business days in advance to request a locate, or visit It’s easy. It’s free. It’s the law.