April is Safe Digging Month!

April is Safe Digging Month!

Georgia 811 and the Georgia Association of Broadcasters have teamed up to promote Safe Digging Month!

According to consumer behavior trends, April marks the beginning of the peak period for outdoor digging projects in
Georgia and nationwide. Raising safe digging awareness in April encourages citizens to contact 811 during an optimum time for utility line protection.

How Does 811 Work?

Notifying Georgia 811 will kick-start a process that is crucial to any outdoor digging project. Digging after utility lines have been marked prevents possible mishaps that could otherwise occur during an outdoor project. The service is free and the process is simple:

  1. The digger contacts Georgia 811 by dialing the number or visiting Georgia811.com and submitting an eRequest form at least two business days prior to digging.
  2. Georgia 811 then transmits the location and description of the project to the affected member utility companies. After receiving the information, these utility companies send a professional locate technician to identify and mark the approximate location of lines with colored paint or flags.
  3. Once underground lines have been marked, the digger will know the approximate location of utility lines and can dig safely.

2015 Media Tour

Georgia 811 is touring the state with the GAB.  We’re bringing 811 spokesperson and two-time Olympic athelete Cliff Meidl to markets across the state to talk about Safe Digging Month.  Special thanks to our member stations who have opened their doors and given air time to this important message!

For more information about Georgia 811 and Safe Digging Month, please visit www.georgia811.com.