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8-1-1 Day, Can You Dig It?

Posted by Andrew Harrison | August 10, 2012 / 04:06pm | Local News, Health
COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) - You can never be too sure what's buried beneath your own backyard.

Whether you are putting in a fence post or a swimming pool, it's always a good idea to call 8-1-1, before you dig.

You will be put in touch with professional locators who will come to your digging site, within 48 hours, and mark the locations of any underground utilities with flags, spray paint or both. Saturday (8-11) is National 8-1-1 Day, but you can 8-1-1 any day of the year.

Ken Smith is the Operations Supervisor, at Atmos Energy. He says,
" If you are building a deck, or say installing a $50 mailbox, all of a sudden that $50 turns into thousands of dollars, or even worse, you could harm yourself, your family, your neighbors."

Underground utility lines are damaged every 3 minutes in America.
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