Provider: West Virginia Mountain Bike Association

August 11 is 811 Day – Call Before You Dig!

August 11 is 811 Day – Call Before You Dig!

August 11 is almost here, and West Virginia 811 wants you to remember that date…8-11. 8-11 can serve as a reminder to call 811 prior to any digging project, so that underground utility lines can be marked. In America, underground utilities are damaged every eight minutes because someone decided to dig without calling 811 first!

Homeowners and contractors can make a free call to 811, and will be answered by our knowledgeable call center staff. Our “Damage Prevention Agents” determine the location of the work, the type of work, and then notify the appropriate utility operators. The utilities then send professional locators to the digging site to mark the approximate locations of the underground lines with flags, paint or both.

Striking a single line can cause inconvenient outages, fines, repair costs and serious injuries. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call to 811. Installing a mailbox, building a deck, planting a tree and laying a patio are all examples of digging projects that need a call to 811 before starting.

This year, to help call attention to the 8-11 date, West Virginia 811 is sponsoring the Black Bear Cross Country Race at Kanawha State Forest, near Charleston. The Black Bear XC Race is organized through the West Virginia Mountain Bike Association, and will take place on Sunday, August 11.

“On August 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 WV811 Executive Director Tom Taylor. “It really is the only way to know which utilities are buried in your area.”

For more information on the West Virginia Mountain Bike Association, visit www.wvmba.com . For more information on West Virginia 811, visit www.wv811.com .