With many homeowners using the bank holidays and summer months to carry out home improvements, Wales & West Utilities often see an increase in damage to gas pipes across the area. So, they’re reminding people to ask themselves ‘Can you DIG it’ before starting work to avoid a construction catastrophe.

Wales & West Utilities look after the pipes in the ground that keep gas flowing safely to heat and power local homes and businesses across Wales and south west of England.

Underground gas pipes are getting damaged every day by people and third party contractors digging without knowing what’s beneath. Not only can this cause serious injury, but the costs of repair, fines and fees can be huge.

There are three simple steps everyone should remember.

  • D is for Dial. Digging can be dangerous. Hit a gas pipe and you might cause a gas leak, a fire or explosion. So, find out where those pipes are and phone Wales & West Utilities 10 working days before your work starts on 029 2027 8912 or email [email protected]
  • I is for Investigate it’s the only way to stay safe. Make sure you get an up-to-date copy of gas plans and check if West & Wales Utilities need to visit your home before you work. And if you have a gas meter, remember that your gas supply pipe will cross the ground in front of it, so be extra careful if you are digging in that area.
  • G is for Go ahead – but with care. Make sure you’re careful, especially if you’re using a digger. Take all the precautions necessary to avoid damaging the gas network, yourself, others, and your bank balance. You will be billed for any costs if something goes wrong and could be prosecuted.

By following these simple steps, your work will go to plan and, most importantly, will keep you and your family safe. Find out more at www.wwutilities.co.uk/dig