If you ‘see red,’ buried power lines are present
If you are digging and encounter a red caution tape, stop immediately! This tape is warning that power lines are buried below. Continuing to dig past red tape is not only extremely dangerous, but it is also illegal.
Under state law, you can be held liable for damages to the electric service or other buried utilities and required to cover repair costs.
Before starting a project, such as installing a new fence or planting trees, remember that underground power or other utility lines may be present. If you’re not absolutely sure where any underground lines are located on your property, call South Carolina 811 at 1-888-721-7877 or, just call 811, and you’ll be automatically connected. They’ll send someone to locate underground lines for you, free of charge.