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!