No precaution should be too great when it comes to protecting our families, friends, neighbors and community. That’s why contacting Kentucky 811 and digging safely should be included among ways to help keep them safe.
Kentucky 811 is a free statewide computer-operated communication system that provides a communication link between excavators and operators of underground utilities. The service enables consumers to submit a “locate request,” which is passed on to each member company that provides natural gas, electric, telephone, cable and water service in the requested area. Each company will then either mark its underground lines or notify the individual if there are no underground lines.
Kentucky law requires all excavators, professionals and general public alike, to have lines marked in advance before beginning any excavation projects, small or large.
Consumers can access the service through its online option “811Now,” which provides an online form to request facility markings at a single address, or by dialing 8-1-1. Both are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
In celebration of National 811 Day, also known as National Safe Digging Day, Kentucky Utilities Company and Louisville Gas and Electric Company urge area residents to use the service to protect public safety and prevent digging into and damaging underground utilities, otherwise known as a third-party dig-in. In addition to serious personal injury and costly repairs and fines, hitting underground utility lines can also disrupt service to an individual or entire neighborhood.
Four steps to safe-digging:
1. Contact Kentucky 811 online or by phone at least two business days in advance.
2. Wait the required amount of time.
3. Respect the marks that outline the underground utility lines and equipment.
4. Dig with care.
Many KU service territory locations are included under the 811 call center. KU customers should visit KU’s Call Before You Dig web page or call 800-981-0600 to determine the appropriate area contact for having underground electric lines marked.
Properly marking lines in advance increases the odds of successfully completing excavation work in the United States without causing damage to underground lines and equipment by 99 percent.
Through their work with contractors and homeowners, and investigating dig-in damages in the field, KU and LG&E personnel and prevention coordinators actively educate consumers about the importance of using 811 because it protects public safety and prevents costly damages.
REMEMBER: If you damage a natural gas pipeline, electric line or other utility service while digging, you endanger your safety and the safety of others. You may also be responsible for repairs.
If you have contractors performing work for you, make sure they call the one-call system before starting work, too. The number-one cause of natural gas pipeline damage is from third parties digging near underground facilities.
Content courtesy: Kentucky Utilities and Columbia Gas – Kentucky