Today is 8-1-1 Day in Los Angeles

Monday, August 11, 2008 |

Call 8-1-1 Before You Dig! Click to learn more...August 11th (8/11) is 8-1-1 Day, the time each year that Los Angeles Firefighters remind you about 8-1-1, the toll-free nationwide phone number for notifying utilities before you dig!

Local residents, businesses and professional excavators should call 8-1-1 whenever they plan on digging. Whether a simple lawn sprinkler project - or serious outdoor renovation, a free call to 8-1-1 can help you know what's below.

Drop That Shovel and Call 8-1-1 Before You Dig!

Important utilities, such as electricity, natural gas, water, telephone, cable and internet service that your family depends upon are buried underground. Striking a single line can result in harm to yourself or someone else, costly fines or inconvenient outages.

To avoid an accident, make the toll-free call to 8-1-1 before any digging project.

Your local 8-1-1 center will collect your information and notify utility companies of your intent to dig. A professional locator will then visit the dig site to mark the approximate location of all underground utility lines for free.

Call 8-1-1 before every dig. For more information, visit:

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


Anonymous said...

Brian, I never heard of 811 until now. How long has it been in business?

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 8:53,

8-1-1, the national "Call Before You Dig" phone number was designated by the FCC in March 2005 to eliminate the confusion of multiple “Call Before You Dig” assistance numbers.

8-1-1 simply connects you with the same people you once called via one or more regional toll-free numbers, a process that was at times difficult - especially for professional excavators and contractors who may have done business across jurisdictional boundaries.

Though we have mentioned construction professionals, we can't emphasize enough that 8-1-1 should be used by all members of the community who have plans for digging.

The service, like the phone call, is absolutely free.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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