What a way to begin 2018! The 811 community is happy to announce it’s a category winner in the 2018 Tournament of Roses Parade!
Our friends at Underground Service Alert of Southern California spearheaded this loveable float featuring cuddly canines and cats who are out to repair their garden’s underground utilities.
Unfortunately, they didn’t make that all-important call to 811 to get underground facilities marked before they started digging – and now they’ve got to deal with what’s below!
The float, entitled “Making it Safe for All,” won the award for the most outstanding use of animation.
Providing an assist to California were USA North 811, Blue Stakes of Utah 811, Colorado 811, North Carolina 811, Ohio Utilities Protection Service, JULIE One Call (Illinois) and Alabama 811.
You can see more pictures of the float and its construction at the California Dig Alert Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/digalert/
While the float is all in good fun, the message is deadly serious: Call 811 Before You Dig! The Common Ground Alliance (a member-driven association of 1,700 individuals, organizations and sponsors in every facet of the underground utility industry) estimates that an underground facility is struck once every six minutes in the United States because someone didn’t call 811 first.
The risk of damage can be cut to less than 1% with a call to 811 to get lines located before excavation.
That’s a pretty good reason to make that call, wherever you live in the United States.
So help us help you to start 2018 off on the right foot! Don’t put that shovel or bucket into the ground without giving your local 811 center a call first!
It’s free, it’s easy – and it’s the law.
And a reminder: it’s time to register and get ready for the annual Texas811 Damage Prevention Summit! It’s coming up February 12 – 14 at the Embassy Suites in San Marcos, Texas. Rates go up after January 12, so jump in now! http://www.texas811.damagepreventionsummit.com
Have a great 2018, and until next week, safe digging!