As part of the Department of Transportation’s commitment to pipeline safety, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today launched a public service announcement reminding everyone from backyard gardeners to professional excavators to call 811 toll-free before digging.
The Call 811 Call Before You Dig PSA is set in a fairytale world, where the characters live blissfully unaware of the dangers that lurk below. They are advised to "Avoid a Grimm Situation" by calling 811 before they dig. The PSA is available in video and audio formats in English and Spanish – a 30-second TV spot and 30- and 60-second radio spots. PHMSA will also provide a TV PSA that states can use to deliver customized 811 messages.
To learn more, and see the video, visit the PHMSA website.
This spring CGA has launched a brand new tool in conjunction with National Safe Digging Month - The 811 Promise, found at www.The811Promise.com.
This online promise was inspired by a pilot campaign implemented by Panhandle Energy, Dig Safely New York, and Georgia 811 surrounding 8/11 Day in 2011. The campaign was instituted to create a way for a large number of stakeholders from various industries to promise they would always call 811 before digging. Along with promoting the importance of 811 to fellow stakeholders and the general public.
This year, CGA brought this same program to a national level with the website, www.The811Promise.com. This easy-to-use site encourages stakeholders to formally pledge their support of 811 as the first step in safe digging. Users simply added their name and location, and their promise is automatically added to the growing number of promises.
In just one month, more than 2,500 people from across the country have made the 811 promise, but we know that number can go MUCH higher. Click the link above to make the 811 promise and show your commitment to safe digging.
Everyone would agree that the first step to safe digging is making the call to 811 or 1-800-DIG-RITE to have the location of underground utilities marked. To people who do excavation work everyday, the rules of safe digging are commonplace. But to a novice excavator, the process may be foreign. So here's a link to the Missouri One-Call website's list of Frequently Asked Questions. This link will help clear up any questions you might have about making the call, the utility's responsibilities and your responsibilities as the excavator.
April is safe digging month and hopefully you've been seeing or hearing the message to Call Before You Dig everywhere you go. Like many other people, you may be thinking to yourself:
what's the big deal?
what's the worst that could happen?
my project is just a little backyard project, I won't hit anything so I don't need to call, right? ...........WRONG!!!
You are not alone. The Common Ground Alliance recently conducted a survey and found that many homeowners have similar attitudes about safe digging practices. Download CGA Survey Results to see for yourself and see a quick fact list from the results of their study.
According to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) excavation damage is the leading cause of serious incidents involving natural gas distribution lines. Download PHMSA Serious Incident Stats 3-5-12 to see for yourself. So, if you are thinking that it won't happen to you, remember the statistics.
The Common Ground Alliance and Shell have teamed up for the fourth consecutive season to raise awareness for 811, the national “Call Before You Dig” hotline.
As in 2011, the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge will carry the 811 logo during National Safe Digging Month in April. Due to the program’s success in previous seasons, the partnership will expand this year, with new Shell-Pennzoil driver AJ Allmendinger featuring the logo on his car during the Watkins Glen race, as part of National 811 Day on August 11. The logo will also run on the car during the final race of the season in Homestead, FL.
Every digging project requires a call to 811 – even small projects like planting trees or shrubs. The quick and easy call will connect you with a local One Call Center operator who will record information about your dig location and notify the underground facility operators so they can mark the approximate location of underground utilities and pipelines. Once the lines are marked, you can begin to dig, but always dig with care.
Spring seems to have come early for us this year. With unseasonably warm weather upon us already, everyone is gearing up for those big outdoor projects. Whether you are planting trees or bushes or just tilling up some dead spots in your yard to plant some new grass, make sure you call MO One-Call at 1-800-DIG-RITE first. Each member utility will come out and mark the location of their facilities so you can take extra precautions not to damage them. It's a simple call that can keep you and your family safe. It's a free service and it's the law!
All you need to do is CALL-WAIT-DIG! And remember that the depth of utility lines vary so don't make any assumptions when digging. Digging without knowing what is below the ground is risky business. You could disrupt service to an entire neighborhood or hurt yourself and others around you. Also damaging utility lines could potentially result in hefty fines and repair costs. So protect yourself and your family and call MO One-Call or 811 before you dig!
We've been lucky this fall to have such beautiful weather but it won't be long before we'll all have our furnaces fired up and running full throttle. Now is the time to call a qualified plumbing or heating professional to ensure that your furnace is clean and in good working order. Properly adjusted pilots and burners and clean filters, as well as clear chimneys, vents and flues, pay off in both safety and energy efficiency savings. Leaves, bird nests, fallen bricks or mortar can cause problems, including exposure to carbon monoxide (CO).
There's also a few things that you need to keep an eye on throughout the winter to ensure your safety. Gas appliances and meter sets need their space. Don't store any materials close to gas appliances, especially anything flammable. Appliance closets seem to be nice catch-alls for hiding junk but it's important that gas appliances have enough space around them for proper combustion. Snow, ice and other debris around gas meter sets and gas appliance vents can create hazardous situations. Keep your meter sets and gas vents clear of snow and ice. Be GENTLE...brush them off with a broom...don't use a shovel, you could cause damage to the components and create a leak.
And, of course, if you smell gas, call your local gas operator from another location immediately to report the leak!
Missouri Natural Gas Operators send safety publications to their customers periodically. Many have natural gas safety materials tailored to children to teach them how to recognize and react to a natural gas leak. Some may even provide a safety training session for a school or youth organization. If you have a school or youth organization safety event, contact your Natural Gas Operator to see what they offer!
Missouri's Association of Natural Gas Operators thought that August 11 (8-11) would be the perfect time to give you the 411 on 811 (the National Call Before You Dig Number). It's simple and it's free. Simply dial 811 from anywhere in the country prior to beginning your digging project. Your call will automatically be routed to your local One Call Center.
The operator will gather specific information on your project and will notify affected local utility companies about your intent to dig. The utilities will then send a locator to mark the approximate location of underground facilities such as pipes, electric lines, and telecommunications so you'll know what's below. Wait for the lines to be marked (3 working days in Missouri) and then dig safely!
Always call 811 before you start any digging project!
Natural gas is a safe, economical, and reliable form of energy. Natural gas pipelines are monitored to maintain service and reliability. Missouri natural gas operators have programs in place to enhance the integrity of their natural gas system and ensure your protection.
MO Safe Gas is your source for information about natural gas safety. It's a service of the Missouri Association of Natural Gas Operators, MANGO.