811 Day Is Approaching! Call Before You Dig, Inc. Is Telling Connecticut Residents That August 11th (8-11) Is A Convenient Reminder To Call 811 Before Digging In Your Yard!

Contact: Dina Annino, 860-759-4455 or email mediamatrix@comcast.net

With Aug. 11th almost here, Call Before You Dig, Inc. hopes this date on the calendar, 8-11, will serve as a natural reminder for residents to call 8-1-1 prior to any digging project to have underground utility lines marked to avoid unintentionally hitting them. Call Before You Dig is a non-profit organization comprised of all public utility companies and municipalities within Connecticut. CBYD is a free service that provides homeowners and professional excavators with a toll free call by dialing 8-1-1 for locating and marking underground facilities by its members before a project’s start, and calling CBYD before you dig is the law in Connecticut.

When calling 811, the federally-mandated national “Call Before You Dig” number in CT, homeowners are connected to Call Before You Dig, Inc., the local one-call center in Hamden, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags or spray paint. Call Before You Dig, Inc. requires a call two (2) full working days before the planned project start date.

Anthony R. Willemain, Call Before You Dig’s call center Manager, reiterated the message by stating, “Call Before You Dig locate request…it is the LAW! No matter what. Excavation using mechanized or powered equipment requires a Call Before You Dig (CBYD) locate request. I strongly recommended for property owners and contractors alike to contact CBYD for any hand excavation project. New mailboxes, porch footings, electrical dog fence, sprinkler system or a garden bed…all of these types of excavation can involve encountering an underground utility line, and many people do not realize underground utility lines can be easily damaged with a hand shovel. CBYD is a FREE service for everyone and established to keep excavators and the underground utility lines safe. Do your responsibility to be safe and “Call Before You Dig”. For your own safety, the safety of your family and your community, CALL BEFORE YOU DIG!”

CBYD’s Vice President, Derek J. Brown had said that in the U.S. an underground utility line is damaged every 6 minutes because someone decided to dig without first calling 8-1-1. Depths of utility lines can vary for reasons such as previous digging projects, erosion, or uneven surfaces. Digging only a few inches can pose the risk of striking an underground utility, so they must be marked and avoided. It’s FREE and it’s the law.

Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call to 8-1-1. Failure to call 811 before digging results in over 250,000 unintentional hits annually. Do not let your project become part of the national statistic. Smart, safe digging is no accident.

Call Before You Dig’s E-ticket system is also easy to use. Know what’s below. Visit us at www.CBYD.com or call “8-1-1”. Keep Connecticut safe and “Call Before You Dig!”

Visit www.CBYD.com or www.call811.com for more information about 811 and the call-before-you-dig process.