So the teams are set! New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks in the big game! No doubt there will be all kinds of friendly wagers on the game (and some not so friendly). Texas811 will continue to pursue its policy of neutrality in such matters – but we would like to offer you some of our insight into how the game terminology relates to calling before you dig.
AUDIBLE: Call 811 before you dig
BACKFIELD: Area you are digging inside of
BLACKOUT: What happens when you didn’t call before digging and struck an electrical or telecommunications line
BLITZ: What will happen to you after BLACKOUT
CLIPPING: Cutting an underground line
CLOCK CONTROL: Waiting 48 hours for lines to be marked
DOWN: Idle crew that just nicked a line.
END ZONE: Boundary of where lines are marked
FORWARD PROGRESS: Safe digging because lines are marked
FUMBLE: You really don’t want to know what just happened
HAND OFF: Notifying Texas811 you need a locate
INTERCEPTION: How did that pipe get there?
NEUTRAL ZONE: DO NOT EVEN THINK OF DIGGING HERE
OFFSIDE: You missed the “don’t dig here” marking
PUNT: Don’t even think about passing the buck
SAFETY: What you practice with Texas811
TOUCHDOWN: Project safely completed
So, no matter the outcome on February 1, remember that you’ll ALWAYS be a winner when you call Texas811 and practice safe digging on the job!