Call 811 Before You Dig: Co-ops Recognize Safe Digging Day

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Today, North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives recognize August 11 as Safe Digging Day – a day to remind homeowners to call 8-1-1 before they dig. Buried electric power lines, gas lines, sewer and drain lines, as well as cable and fiber lines often lie just beneath the surface and pose a serious risk to those with digging projects.

North Carolinians, you are required to notify NC811 about all digging projects, whether large or small. The process is fast, easy and best of all, free!

When informed of a digging project, NC811 initiates a process that sends member utility companies to the location to mark the utility lines. It is required by law to wait three full working days from the time of contacting 811 until digging can begin to allow ample time for utilities to mark their lines. All utilities will be marked with paint, stakes or flags and are color-coded to match the type of utility underneath; color codes can be found at People with digging projects are advised to respect the location of the marking and 24 inches to each side. They are also encouraged to call 8-1-1 if they suspect tampering to have the lines reevaluated.

5 steps for safe digging

From installing a pool or sprinkler system, to digging a hole for a fire pit, homeowners should always call 8-1-1 before digging. For more information, please visit