Demonstration shows importance of dialing 811 before you dig

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Chances are you already know to dial 9-1-1 in case of an emergency, but do you know that you are legally required to dial 8-1-1 before digging into the ground? 8-1-1 is a free notification service that will help you navigate the area that you want to dig into. 811-drill2

811 team members were in Johnson City on Friday to simulate the importance of dialing 8-1-1 before taking part in any excavation work. 8-1-1 demonstrated, to Tri-Cities excavators, the potential hazards of digging into the ground without guidance from your local utility agencies.

811 Damage Prevention Liaison Craig Ingram said, “You could cause problems outside of the area where your excavation work is going on.”

“That’s one of the big things to recognize is you not calling 811 could cause danger to someone else’s life, it’s not just your own life that you’re taking into your hands,” he said.

Ingram said homeowners doing their own landscaping can often result in emergency calls because they are not aware of the location of underground utility pipes.

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