National 811 Day: A Reminder to Call Before You Dig

811 Day is right around the corner! Tied to its calendar shorthand, National 811 Day highlights the importance of safe digging. Professional excavators, farmers and homeowners should call 811 every time they dig to ensure they have full knowledge of any pipelines or other underground utilities at or near their dig site.

811 is the toll-free number.  Calling 811 a few days before you plan to dig launches a notification process to local utilities, which send professionals to your property to mark the location of gas lines, electric lines, telephone and internet cables. And it’s free of charge! Hitting a utility or pipeline can result in hefty fines, unexpected outages of service to your neighborhood, and even injuries or fatalities.

No matter how big or small your project, ensure you take care when digging. Please help us increase awareness of the potential dangers of unsafe digging practices. Visit to learn more about 811 and safe digging practices and share this message with your neighbors and friends!