Dig Safely Program and Call 811 Before You Dig
Atmos Energy and other natural gas utilities participate in the national Dig Safely® public education campaign. It informs the
public about safe digging practices through advertising, printed materials, public meetings, excavator training and other avenues.
The American Gas Association estimates that these efforts save as much as $58 million a year by reducing threats to public safety, property
loss and damage to the environment.
Call 811 Before You Dig
Nearly 60 percent of all incidents on utility distribution pipelines result from excavation damage. The nationwide 811 One-Call program
provides prompt and efficient service to notify all participating local utilities to mark the locations of underground lines. Digging without
locating buried utility lines can cause injury, disrupt service and result in fines and repair costs.
Always call 811 before digging, drilling or excavating begins to have all buried natural
gas, electrical, telephone, cable and other lines located and marked. This is the law in all 50 states. The toll-free 811 service is provided
at no charge to you, and it can save you time and money. It's the SAFE thing to do when digging around buried utility lines-whether for an
addition to your home, a new fence or deck, or planting a tree.
Most states require at least two full business days' notice before excavation begins; however, some require three days. Whether you're going
to do the work yourself or hire a professional, call 811 before you dig to prevent damage to underground facilities.
Frequently Asked Questions: Safety Information
The Texas Pipeline Awareness Alliance