Unless you’re really, really into digging holes, you might not be aware that today is National 811 Call Before You Dig Awareness Day. Take note, today is 08-11, pretty tricky, huh?
The “call before you dig” idea is that if you are planting trees or shrubs, or installing a fence, mailbox post, deck footing, or sprinkler system, one dig with a shovel or backhoe could strike a buried natural gas or electric line. Simply put, that’s bad and dangerous. Every digging project, big or small should begin two days prior with a call to 811, so a professional locator can come out to your property and locate your underground utility lines so you can avoid them when you dig.
Each year more than 250,000 unintentional dig-ins occur. If you don’t want to be a statistic, call 811 two days before you dig.