It’s 8/11: Don’t forget to ‘Call Before You Dig’

 Aug. 11 is here, and Georgia 811 hopes that the 8/11 date on the calendar will serve as a natural reminder for residents to contact Georgia 811 prior to any digging project. 

 Georgia residents can contact 811 at www.Georgia811.com or via the three-digit 811 phone number to have underground public utility lines marked. 

 Every few minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first contacting 811.

 When contacting 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to Georgia 811, the local one call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. Professional locators then arrive at the digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, spray paint or both. 

 Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, inconvenient outages and fines. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants contacting 811 online or by phone. Contact 811 before installing a mailbox, building a deck, planting a tree or laying a patio.

 “On August 11 and throughout the year, we remind homeowners and professional contractors alike to use the free 811 service before digging to reduce the risk of striking an underground utility line,” said Megan Estes, Director of Communications for Georgia 811. “Calling 811 or visiting Georgia811.com is really the only way to know which public utilities are buried in your area so that you can dig safely.”

 The depth of utility lines can vary for a number of reasons, such as erosion, previous digging projects and uneven surfaces. 

 Utility lines need to be properly marked because even when digging only a few inches or digging in a location that’s previously been marked, the risk of striking an underground utility line still exists. 

 Georgia 811 is spreading the 811 message by hosting the Georgia 811 5k. The free virtual event kicks off on August 11 and continues through September 11. Participants can complete their 5k in one day or over the course of several days. 

 Anyone sharing the provided safe digging social media message will be put in a drawing to win 1 of 9 gift cards.  For details on the #Georgia811Virtual5k please visit:  https://www.georgia811.com/index.php/811-run-walk/

 Visit www.Georgia811.com for more information about Georgia 811 and safe digging practices.

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