Texas Gas Service is hosting an “11 Days of Giveaways” contest on Facebook to celebrate Safe Digging Day and promote awareness about calling 811.
Beginning August 1, the company starts challenging customers’ knowledge about safe digging and natural gas safety with daily prizes. The contest will run through August 11, 811 Day.
In support of National 811 Day – Wednesday, August 11th – Texas Gas Service reminds customers and contractors to call 811 before any digging project to have underground utility lines marked.
Digging without calling can result in damage to underground utility lines, harm to yourself and others, and unnecessary disruption of service in your neighborhood.
According to national industry statistics, every six minutes an underground line is damaged due to someone deciding to dig without calling 811 first.
“We hope that the 8/11 date on the calendar will serve as a natural reminder to put safety first by using the free 811 services before digging,” said Trey Pool, manager of Public Awareness and Damage Prevention for Texas Gas Service. “It’s the safest way to know where utilities are buried in your area before breaking ground.”
Texas Gas Officials add that, no matter how large or small, every digging project warrants a call to 811 at least 48 hours, excluding weekends and holidays, before digging begins.
Underground utility lines may be found in yards or below sidewalks, driveways or streets.
“When you call before you dig, the Texas One-Call System notifies Texas Gas Service and other operators of underground facilities to mark their buried assets within 48 hours, excluding weekends and holidays, of the request,” Texas Gas officials added. “The lines will be marked with flags or nonpermanent spray paint to let you know to stay clear of that area when digging. It’s important to keep these markers in place until all digging is complete.”
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