Who are the Safe Digging Heroes?
The Dig Heroes represent our customers and partners who encourage everyone to take the pledge to call 811 before starting any project that involves digging. The Dig Heroes include:
- The Homeowners
- The Excavator
- The Gardener
- The Developer
- Digger, the Safe Digging Dog
Like other superheroes, our Dig Heroes are ready and willing to fight bad excavation practices by raising awareness of the steps everyone needs to follow to successfully and safely complete any and all digging projects – no matter how small! Most importantly, the Dig Heroes ALWAYS call 811 before they dig – that’s step number one to making sure everyone stays safe.
Spring Weather Brings More Digging Projects
It’s spring, which means that a lot of us are starting outdoor projects that were dormant during the winter. Whether it’s planting a bush or a shrub, or installing a new deck or fence, it’s important that we’re all aware of what we need to do first: call 811.
Why Call 811?
To prevent injury, damage and service outages, it’s important that all underground facilities are identified before any digging project begins. One phone call to 811 will alert owners of registered pipelines, telecommunication cables and power lines to mark their buried utilities within two full working days of the request. Even better, there’s no charge for this service – it’s FREE! You may also submit a request online by visiting okie811.org.
Did You Know?
- 63% of damages to utility lines are caused by third-party excavation
- 37% due to improper excavation practices
- 22% because excavator failed to maintain clearance after verifying marks
- 10% because the excavator dug prior to verifying marks
- 25% of damaged lines reported had no notification made to 811.
Become a Dig Hero and Take the Pledge Today!
What we love about the Dig Heroes is that their superpowers are available to all of us! When we call 811 before starting any digging project, we’re on our way to becoming Dig Heroes ourselves.
Need more incentive? Take the Safe Digging Pledge at BeADigHeroOklahoma.com and earn a chance to win a $100 gift card!
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The state of Oklahoma has declared April as Safe Digging Month! Take a look!