Atlanta Gas Light Launches "Do Your Part" Safe Digging Campaign

Aug. 5, 2020
Company reminds construction crews and homeowners that safety starts with calling 811.

Atlanta Gas Light launched the Do Your Part campaign, an effort aimed at reminding contractors and the public the importance of calling 811 for digging projects large and small. A utility line is damaged once every three minutes nationwide during excavation projects, but most of these accidents are preventable if lines are marked before digging begins.

Land excavation for fiber installations, new buildings, yard projects, home renovations and any other digging project requires calling 811 before construction or digging begins. Through the Do Your Part campaign, Atlanta Gas Light is encouraging professionals and do-it-yourselfers to be responsible members of their community before they break ground.

"The importance of calling 811 before digging cannot be overstated. Through the Do Your Part campaign, we're reminding people why it's so critical to have lines marked before starting outdoor work," said Emeka Igwilo, vice president of operations support. "Calling 811 and following safe digging practices are simple actions excavators and homeowners can take to ensure safety within their community. They're free and easy and will save time and money by avoiding damages."

From April 1 to July 16 of this year, there have been 245 projects with no 811 calls. Of these 245 no-call projects, 173 have been from construction companies. The Do Your Part campaign is aimed at reminding contractors and construction crews to call 811 before work begins so that their projects can remain on time and on budget while reducing inconveniences to the public like traffic jams, service interruptions, and damaged lines.

Calls can be placed to Georgia 811 up to 10 days in advance of a digging project. By contacting 811, callers will make an appointment over the phone for an onsite visit where professionals identify and mark utility lines free of charge. 

The Do Your Part campaign will feature a new webpage, digital and radio ads, and mural art across the Atlanta metro area.

To learn more about the Do Your Part campaign and safe digging in Georgia, visit www.atlantagaslight.com/safety/call-811-before-you-dig.

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