Can You Dig It? Call 811 To Make Sure It's Safe

New number helps homeowners, contractors avoid accidents



May 01, 2007, 01:00 ET from Raise the Flags

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich., May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Michigan homeowners and
 contractors have a new tool to help them stay safe when digging. Dialing
 811 will connect them to MISS DIG - a statewide, one-call center for
 construction safety and utility damage prevention. MISS DIG helps callers
 locate underground utility lines to avoid digging accidents.
     "Every year there are an estimated 10,000 dig-in accidents that damage
 utility lines. These incidents can lead to service disruptions, financial
 penalties, injury and even death," said Kathie Fournier, MISS DIG Chief
 Executive Officer and executive director. "With a quick, toll-free call to
 811, you can get the approximate location of underground utility lines
 marked for free. It's a very easy way to avoid very serious problems."
     Officially launched today, 811 is a new, federally-mandated national
 "Call Before You Dig" number.
     "There are numerous one-call centers located throughout the country,
 each with its own phone number," explained Fournier. "Designating 811 as
 the number to call will eliminate confusion for homeowners and contractors
 who work in multiple states about where to call for help before they dig."
     Callers to 811 are directed to their local one-call center, which will
 contact the proper utility companies. Within three days, the utilities will
 send crews to the requested site to mark the approximate location of
 underground lines with paint and/or staking flags. In Michigan calls are
 routed to MISS DIG, located in Auburn Hills.
     "Failure to call before digging risks lives and underground utility
 infrastructure," said Fournier. "By making it easy to have underground
 lines marked, this new national safety resource will help protect
 homeowners and professional excavators."
     MISS DIG - one of the country's first one-call centers - was
 established in 1970 to prevent damages to underground gas, electric,
 telephone, water, sewer and storm lines and drains. It's open 24-hours a
 day, seven days a week, and handles an estimated 800,000 calls a year.
 Callers have reached MISS DIG by dialing (800) 482-7171, and Fournier noted
 that this number will continue to be active in addition to 811.
     "Either number will get you to MISS DIG," said Fournier. "The important
 thing is to call. Every digging job requires a call - from small,
 residential projects like planting trees and shrubs to large commercial
 projects like building construction."
 
 

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    AUBURN HILLS, Mich., May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Michigan homeowners and
 contractors have a new tool to help them stay safe when digging. Dialing
 811 will connect them to MISS DIG - a statewide, one-call center for
 construction safety and utility damage prevention. MISS DIG helps callers
 locate underground utility lines to avoid digging accidents.
     "Every year there are an estimated 10,000 dig-in accidents that damage
 utility lines. These incidents can lead to service disruptions, financial
 penalties, injury and even death," said Kathie Fournier, MISS DIG Chief
 Executive Officer and executive director. "With a quick, toll-free call to
 811, you can get the approximate location of underground utility lines
 marked for free. It's a very easy way to avoid very serious problems."
     Officially launched today, 811 is a new, federally-mandated national
 "Call Before You Dig" number.
     "There are numerous one-call centers located throughout the country,
 each with its own phone number," explained Fournier. "Designating 811 as
 the number to call will eliminate confusion for homeowners and contractors
 who work in multiple states about where to call for help before they dig."
     Callers to 811 are directed to their local one-call center, which will
 contact the proper utility companies. Within three days, the utilities will
 send crews to the requested site to mark the approximate location of
 underground lines with paint and/or staking flags. In Michigan calls are
 routed to MISS DIG, located in Auburn Hills.
     "Failure to call before digging risks lives and underground utility
 infrastructure," said Fournier. "By making it easy to have underground
 lines marked, this new national safety resource will help protect
 homeowners and professional excavators."
     MISS DIG - one of the country's first one-call centers - was
 established in 1970 to prevent damages to underground gas, electric,
 telephone, water, sewer and storm lines and drains. It's open 24-hours a
 day, seven days a week, and handles an estimated 800,000 calls a year.
 Callers have reached MISS DIG by dialing (800) 482-7171, and Fournier noted
 that this number will continue to be active in addition to 811.
     "Either number will get you to MISS DIG," said Fournier. "The important
 thing is to call. Every digging job requires a call - from small,
 residential projects like planting trees and shrubs to large commercial
 projects like building construction."
 
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