By: Lareina Taing, Marketing Communications Specialist
811 Day is a great reminder for everyone to contact their local notification center prior to starting any digging projects. Montana 811 wants to take this opportunity to remind you that when you plan an excavation project, contact us two business days in advance, excluding weekends and holidays, to get underground facilities marked before you begin.
An underground utility line is damaged every six minutes because somebody failed to dial 811 before digging. Based on data in the CGA DIRT Report, you reduce your chance of causing a damage to less than 1% if you file a locate request before digging! Don’t be a statistic – call 811 or visit http://www.montana811.org/ and submit a ticket before your dig. This is the most effective way to keep yourself, family, coworkers, and the community safe.
To celebrate 811 Day, Montana 811 will have a display at the Montana Fair on August 11-19, 2017. Come find our booth in the grassy area between the west end of the Montana Pavilion and the 4th Ave admission gate. Feel free to ask any questions you may have about damage prevention and learn about the important steps you should take to prevent damage to buried utilities. The 811 Car and 811 Bike will be making a special appearance at the fair to help spread the 811 message on August 14-16! While these two icons of damage prevention are there, we will give away $8.11 gas cards to first 50 people who can tell us the number of excavation-related items that appear on both the 811 Car and 811 Bike. Can’t make it while the 811 Car and Bike are there? No problem. You can get kids superhero capes, sunflower seed packets, and other 811 items promotional items (while supplies last) during the rest of the fair.
Damage prevention is a shared responsibility. Together, we can help to prevent underground utility damages in the beautiful state of Montana. Take the first important step in the safe digging process by contacting Montana 811 before you do anything that breaks the surface of the ground. Stop by our booth at the 2017 Montana Fair to learn more!
By: Lareina Taing, Marketing Communications Specialist for One Call Concepts, Inc. (OCC)
Montana’s natural beauty is showcased in breathtaking national parks like Glacier National Park, and historic landmarks like the Bannack Historic District, Fort Union Trading Post, and the Great Falls Portage. Preserving these landmarks with their natural beauty and historic value is essential. As Montana’s population has grown and available land has decreased, increasing numbers of the utility lines that support the state’s quality of life have been placed underground. These underground utility lines include electric, cable, gas, oil, steam, water, sewer, and more. Hitting these utility lines while excavating can harm Montana’s natural beauty, cause serious injuries, or disrupt service to thousands of people.
Montana Dig Law 69-4-502 states: (1) (a) Except as provided in subsection (1)(b), an excavator may not make or begin an excavation without first obtaining information concerning the possible location of an underground facility from each public utility, municipal corporation, underground facility owner, or other person having the right to bury underground facilities that is a member of a one-call notification center pursuant to subsection (2)(a).
The good news is that preventing underground utility damage is easy and free. Just a few simple steps need be taken to prevent dangerous incidents caused by unsafe digging. According to the Montana Excavation Safety Handbook (MESH), the six basic steps to a safe dig are:
The entire handbook can be found here: http://goo.gl/epBLbx
Calling 811 is completely FREE and designed to streamline the digging process. You may also submit an online digging request on a computer or through your mobile device. It’s easy!
Note: Private property is defined as the area one meter from an individual’s home. This area may or may not be located, so you may need to call your utility company to locate private utility lines on your property if the dig zone breaches this area. You also have the option to hire a private locator to find these private utility lines. A list of private locators can be found here: http://www.montana811.org/private-locators.html
Remember to call 811 before you dig. It’s free, it’s easy, and it’s the law. Safety is key!