Cayce, S.C. (Aug. 10, 2012) – National 811 “Call Before You Dig” Day is Aug. 11. Kids in Columbia can learn about gas safety, electrical safety, emergency preparedness, traffic safety, motorcycle and boat safety, tractor safety and underground utility safety at an event organized by South Carolina 811.
SCE&G is proud to be a sponsor of 811 Kids Safety Day, which will be held Sat., Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Woodland Park, 6500 Olde Knight Parkway near Garners Ferry Road and I-77. The event is targeted toward elementary school-age kids, and will include safety stations with information from various organizations as well as a bounce house, a local K-9 unit and other activities.
According to a recent report from the Common Ground Alliance, an underground utility line is damaged during digging projects every three minutes nationwide. South Carolina Electric & Gas is encouraging residents to use 811 to have underground utility lines marked for free before picking up a shovel.
By dialing 811, callers are connected to South Carolina 811, the local one-call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of intended excavation work. 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 loss of services. Installing a mailbox, building a deck, planting a tree and laying a patio are all examples of residential digging projects that require 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 Shaun Randall, general manager of gas operations for SCE&G. “It really is the only way to know where utilities are buried in your yard or work zone.”
To learn more about 811 and safe digging practices, visit http://www.sc1pups.org/.