National 811 Day: Call 811 before you dig

National 811 Day: Call 811 before you dig

National 811 Day: Call 811 before you dig

Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone made a decision to dig without first dialing 8-1-1.

Today is National Safe Digging 8-1-1 Day, and Consumers Energy is encouraging MI homeowners and business owners to call MISS DIG 8-1-1 before starting digging projects. The call is simple and the service is free of charge. When making the free call to 811, callers are connected to their local one-call center. "Calling 811 before you dig is the law".

As part of National 811 Day - commemorated on August 11 - UGI urges homeowners and professional contractors to "know what's below" and to "look up and live" when taking on home improvement projects and new construction.

The ground beneath us is crisscrossed with vital underground utilities.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and energy services operations. Due to erosion and changes in soil grade, some utilities may be buried more closely to the surface than expected, and could be damaged when using a shovel or other hand equipment for projects like planting small shrubs and even flowers. Even areas across the service territory that are not served by a particular service may still have utility lines running below ground.

Thus, dialing 8-1-1 prevents injuries, property damages and inconvenient outages.

If you see an active excavation site or digging project, but you don't see flags or painted markings, please call O&R at 1-877-434-4100 and report the location. Whether you are a professional or planning to do the job yourself, a call to NY 811 must be made. The company also provides customers and local contractors with important information about safety around overhead and underground utility lines through mailings, customer newsletters, social media and print advertising. Utility locators will come to your project area, within the time allowed by law, to mark the approximate horizontal location of their underground utility lines by means of paint, stakes, or flags.

The Utility Coordinating Committee Damage Prevention Council will be hosting "811 Night with the Redwings" from 6 to 11 tonight at Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester. "Whether you are a homeowner or a professional contractor, always call 811 before you begin to dig", said Michael Albert, Chairman of the Public Service Commission of West Virginia.

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