Put safety first and call 811 before you dig

By Samantha Murray

National 811 Safe Digging Day is August 11

Call-811-Logo-WideThis year for National 811 Safe Digging Day, National Grid reminds you to put safety first. Whether you’re planting a tree or shrub, or installing a deck or pool, every job requires a call to 811. The call is simple and the service is free of charge.

Why call?
Knowing where underground utility lines are buried before you dig can potentially avert tragedy and help:

  • Protect you from injury … even potentially deadly contact with underground electricity and gas lines
  • Prevent damages to utilities, service disruptions and potential repair costs
  • Minimize natural gas leaks (‘dig-ins’ are the leading cause of leaks each year)

It’s also the law.  State laws mandate that customers call 811 several days before starting projects that require excavation. Failing to call may be punishable by fines, which could be as high as $1,000 for a first offense, $10,000 for subsequent offenses.

Whether you’re a professional excavator or a weekend warrior, smart digging always requires a call to 811. Even if you’ve called before for a similar project, it’s better to be safe and call again. Depth of utility lines varies, and there may be multiple lines in one common area.

In short, calling 811 is the right thing to do, all around. So please help us by calling 811 if you have a digging project … and spreading the word to neighbors, friends, coworkers and contractors.

Visit our Dig Safe and Stay Safe page for more information.

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