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811 Day Encourages Digging Safety

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By Sara Bonadies SYRACUSE N.Y. (NCC NEWS) – Dig Safely New York’s 811 Day on Friday will encourage homeowners and excavators to “know what’s below,” before they start any digging projects.

Since 1969, Dig Safely New York has been connecting excavators and homeowners to utility companies throughout most of New York State.

According to the Executive Director of the organization, Kevin Hopper, 811 day is a natural reminder to take the proper safety precautions.

“You make a call to 811 at Dig Safely New York, we will notify all utility companies so they can mark the lines and you can dig safely,” Hopper said.

811 Day comes at a time when more people are taking home renovation into their own hands.

According to RealtyTrac, 2016 experienced the largest amount of house flipping in a decade.

“More people are going into home flipping,” said Hopper. “They have no experience, they’re not gonna call 811 and they’re going to put our communities and themselves at risk.”

According to Dig Safely New York, 29% of all reported gas damages in 2016 were due to failure to contact 811 before commencing a digging project.

811 Day is part of Dig Safely New York’s larger campaign to create awareness for a safer digging environment and damage prevention.

For more information about 811 Day and Dig Safely New York, be sure to visit their website.