Today, August 11--or 8/11--is National 811 Day, and the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) is reminding residents and businesses to call 8-1-1 to have underground utility lines marked prior to any digging project. Every three minutes in the United States, an underground utility line is damaged during a digging project.
Accidental dig-ins can occur anywhere there is a buried utility line, from a residential backyard to a major construction site. “Knowing where utility lines are buried before each digging project helps to ensure system reliability and, more importantly, to protect those who dig from injury and repair expense,” said PSC Chairman Julie Brown. “So, for every digging project, no matter how large or small, we urge you to call 8-1-1.”
A Florida 8-1-1 call connects homeowners and excavating contractors to Sunshine 8-1-1. This free service notifies utility companies about any type of digging project. Locators are dispatched to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, spray paint, or both.
Remember to call 8-1-1 at least two working days before a digging project. For more information, please visit www.sunshine811.com.
For additional information, visit www.floridapsc.com.
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