August 11 is a great reminder to call 811 before you dig. Please utilize the information on this page to help spread the 811 message around South Carolina.

811 Day Press Release

AUG. 11 (8/11) serves as CONVENIENT REMINDER for South Carolina residents to always call 811 Before Digging

South Carolina 811 encourages people to make a free call 3 full business days before digging to know what’s below

COLUMBIA, SC (Aug. 1, 2017) – With Aug. 11 almost here. South Carolina hopes this date on the calendar, 8/11, will serve as a natural reminder for residents to call 811 prior to any digging project to have underground utility lines marked. Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811.

When calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to South Carolina 811, the local one call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. 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 outages. 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 digging projects that need 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 Misty Wise, Executive Director of South Carolina 811. “It really is the only way to know which utilities are buried in your area.”

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, the risk of striking an underground utility line still exists.

Visit www.call811.com or www.sc811.com for more information about 811 and safe digging practices.

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Social Media Messages around 811 Day

Twitter

  1. (For Aug. 8 posting) Don’t make a judgment call. Make a phone call. Call 811 a few days before digging to have underground utilities marked. sc811.com
  2. (For Aug. 10 posting) An underground line is damaged once every six minutes because someone didn’t call 811 – make sure you call 811 before you dig!
  3. (For Aug. 11 posting) What outdoor plans to you have this weekend? If they involve digging, there is a number you need to know – 811. sc811.com

Facebook

  1. (For Aug. 8 posting) Did you know digging without calling 811 first increases the chances you’ll knock out utility service for you or your neighborhood? You definitely don’t want to be the person who cuts the cable and prevents people from watching their favorite television shows. Check out sc811.com to learn more.
  2. (For Aug. 10 posting in the afternoon) It’s going to be a hot weekend for outdoor work. What are some of the things you’ll do to stay cool if you’ll be outside? Just remember, call 811 a few days in advance if your weekend plans include any digging.
  3. (For Aug. 11 posting) It’s August 11th – 8/11 Day!  Calling 811 to get buried utility lines marked is the first step to staying safe during your digging projects. Do the right thing. Call 811 before you dig. Visit sc811.com/homeowners for more information.

Talking Points about 811

These 811 talking points that can be presented at your company’s next safety meeting on or around Aug. 11 to help educate employees about 811 and its role in protecting the safety of workers, customers and entire communities.

Key messages:

  • Every digging project requires a call to 811.
  • Calling 811 a few days prior to digging notifies utility companies of the intent to dig and gives representatives time to mark the appropriate lines.
  • 11 is 8/11 on the calendar, a natural reminder for people to call 811.

How 811 works:

  • 811 can be called from anywhere in the country.
  • A representative from your local one call center will answer the call to find out the location and description of the digging site.
  • The affected utility companies will be notified of the intent to dig.
  • The utility companies will each send a professional locator to the digging site to identify and mark the approximate location of the underground lines.
  • Once lines have been marked, you should respect the marks and dig carefully around them.

Types of projects:

  • Lines need to be marked for each separate project, such as installing a rural mailbox, putting up a fence, planting trees or building a deck.
  • Call a few days prior to digging to allow time for professional locators to mark the utility lines.
  • Even if you’ve hired a contractor, make sure the contractor calls 811 to have lines marked.

Consequences:

  • Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811.
  • Hitting an underground utility line while digging can cause serious injuries, disrupt service to entire neighborhoods, and potentially result in fines and repair costs.

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