EEI > Resources & Media > Energy News Stories
Before You Dig, Always Dial 811

​August 11 is 8-1-1 Awareness Day, and Edison Electric Institute and our members would like to remind you to dial 8-1-1 before you begin digging.

Dialing 8-1-1 is a crucial step in reducing the risk of serious injury and service interruption. Whether it is you or a hired professional planning to dig, making the call to 8-1-1 at least two days in advance is highly encouraged in order to give your electric company adequate time to locate pipes or power lines.

Every hour, the Common Ground Alliance—a national association that promotes 8-1-1—estimates more than six occurrences in which damage is caused by unsafe digging. By dialing 8-1-1 in advance, the chance of causing damage is reduced to less than 1 percent.

When you dial 8-1-1, you will be directly connected to your state “One Call” call center to inform the operator of your planned digging location. This will notify the local electric companies of the intent to dig, and a professional locater will arrive on site to appropriately mark locations of underground lines or pipes.

Please be sure to dial 8-1-1 before you begin your next digging project and always respect the lines and markings to avoid putting you and your community at risk.

For more information on safe digging practices and procedures, please visit​