August 11 is National 811 Day
Public Affairs

CAYCE, S.C., (Aug. 10, 2011) – Summer weather finds many homeowners working in the yard and planning new landscaping projects. Whether it’s a do-it-yourself job or requires a professional, make sure to call 811 before any digging work begins.

Call 811 when:
  • Installing a mailbox
  • Putting in a fence
  • Planting trees or shrubbery
  • Building a patio or deck
  • Excavating a new garden area
  • Installing an irrigation system
  • Grading

As the national “call before you dig” number, 811 calls are answered in South Carolina by South Carolina 811, the new name for the state’s call center. Previously known as Palmetto Utility Protection Service Inc. (PUPS), SC811 coordinates with the appropriate utilities to have company-owned underground lines located and marked - all free of charge.

By calling 811, homeowners help keep themselves and their neighbors safe from serious injury and possible service disruption. Last year SCE&G responded to numerous incidents in which the natural gas company’s underground pipeline system had been damaged by a third party. In a majority of these cases, the unintentional damage could have been prevented if the pipe had been located and marked before excavation work began.

For more information about working safely around underground pipeline, visit, and for more information about the 811system and SC811, visit

SCE&G is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 663,000 customers in South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 315,000 customers throughout the state. More information about SCE&G is available at

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