National 811 Day

National 811 Day

National 811 Day is Sunday, August 11, 2013.

With August 11 around the corner, representatives with Atmos Energy are reminding contractors and homeowners to call 811 before beginning any digging projects. Outdoor projects warranting a call to 811 include building a deck or patio, planting a tree, or even installing a mailbox.

According to Atmos Energy, in Texas on average, nine Atmos Energy natural gas lines are damaged daily as a result of digging projects.

With one call to 811, Texomans can prevent outages, potential accidents, and possibly even death that can result if and when people dig into a buried utility line without first taking the appropriate safety measures.

People who call 811 are connected to their local one-call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of that person's intent to dig. After the call is placed, professional locators are sent to the site of the dig to identify and mark the locations of underground utility lines. It is important to remember residents may also need to call various city officials if their project is near water lines.

In a press release, John McDill, the vice president of pipeline safety for Atmos Energy said, "The 811 program can save you time and money as well as prevent threats to life and property."

"The greatest risk to underground natural gas pipelines is accidental damage during excavation," McDill said.

Randy West, a representative with Atmos Energy, was a guest Friday on Newschannel 6 at Noon. To watch his live interview to learn more about safe digging in Texas, play the video above.