Every six minutes, an underground utility line is damaged nationwide because someone decided to dig without first calling MISS DIG at 811. So, on 811 Day (August 11), we’re giving you the scoop on safe digging.

In short, 811 Day is a reminder that taking simple action to “know what’s below” can help keep you safe– even save lives. Calling MISS DIG three days before digging allows utility companies to come out and mark underground utility lines, so that you don’t accidentally hit one.

Here’s the scoop:

  • Shallow digging is still digging – Buried utility lines are everywhere! Installing mailboxes and fences, and even planting a garden or pitching a tent are examples of simple projects that still require a call to 811 to know what’s below before digging.

Hitting an underground line can result in a gas leak or knock out other services to your home or business. It can even cause serious injury. Cal ll 811 and get the 411.

  • Double check with your contractor – If you’ve hired a contractor or landscaper, make sure the call to 811 is made before digging begins – whether it means you making the call, or your contractor doing so.
  • Respect the flags – The colorful flags used to mark the underground lines can be very attractive to young children and pets. For your safety and that of crews, please do not remove the flags. Make sure children and neighbors also know not to remove the flags.
  • If the flags are accidentally removed, call MISS Dig again to have the flags replaced. Attempting to replace them yourself could lead to a gas leak or other unsafe situation.

Call before you dig. It’s fast, free and the law.