DescriptionSpring cleaning can also mean digging in the yard, whether your pulling out old bushes or planting a new tree. Consumers Energy has safety tips for do-it-yourselfers gearing up for the big dig. Experts say the first thing you should do before you did is call MISS DIG at 811. A person will come to your home for free, to sure you're not going to hit any utility lines. Safe digging practices prevent unintentional damage to natural gas lines, electric and cable lines. And of course, protect against property damage and potential injury.