Gastonia, NC (Aug. 10, 2012) – National 811 Day is Aug. 11, and PSNC Energy is encouraging residents to use 811 to have underground utility lines marked for free before picking up a shovel. Calling 811 before digging is more important than ever. According to a recent report from the Common Ground Alliance, an underground utility line is damaged during digging projects every three minutes nationwide.
By dialing 811, callers are connected to North Carolina 811, the local one-call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of intended excavation work. Professional locators are then sent to the requested 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, fines and inconvenient loss of services. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call to 811. Installing a mailbox, building a deck, planting a tree and laying a patio are all examples of residential digging projects that require a call to 811 before starting.
“On Aug. 11 and throughout the year, we remind homeowners and professional contractors alike to call 811 before digging to eliminate the risk of striking an underground utility line,” said Marc Worth, distribution integrity and damage prevention manager for PSNC Energy. “It really is the only way to know where utilities are buried in your yard or work zone.”
To learn more about 811 and safe digging practices, visit www.NC811.org.