Time to Promote Digging Safety

Despite the current pandemic the world is dealing with, April is still a time to promote safe excavation practices and the Common Ground Alliance has the education tools to help get the word out

Time to Promote Digging Safety

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April is National Safe Digging Month.

But this period of excavation safety education will be different this year amidst the conditions created by the coronavirus pandemic. Spring typically marks a time to begin digging projects, for homeowners and contractors alike. With social distancing and shelter-in-place orders being a priority, though, for the foreseeable future, it won’t be business as usual in many places.

Still, it’s time to promote safe digging practices, and this month the Common Ground Alliance is releasing its usual array of public outreach tools and education materials but tailored to the evolving pandemic. 

For example, during this difficult time, it’s important to have spokespeople prepared for potential media interviews about National Safe Digging Month while remaining compliant with social distancing restrictions. Below are some tips from the Common Ground Alliance for spokespeople to be prepared in the event of a remote interview: 

  • Phone interviews are an option, but you should also be prepared for a video interview using video conferencing tools like Google Hangouts, Skype or Zoom. Some conferencing tools require you to create a username, so be prepared for the station to add you as a contact ahead of time.
  • Double-check the strength of your internet connection. If possible, use a wired connection rather than Wi-Fi for more reliable internet access. 
  • Do a trial run with the video conferencing software before the interview to confirm that your video and microphone are working well. 
  • Have the producer’s contact information on-hand, and share your cellphone number with the station, in case of any connectivity issues during the interview. 
  • Ensure your backdrop is clear and uncluttered, and set up in an area away from any potential noise disruptions. 
  • Dress in business casual attire as you would for an in-person interview, and avoid distracting prints or patterns. If available, wear a branded polo or button-down shirt. 

Visit https://commongroundalliance.com/damage-prevention/toolkits/national-safe-digging-month-toolkit-public for more National Safe Digging Month public outreach tools.


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