5 Headaches You'll Avoid by Calling 811 Before You Dig

1. Cable/ satellite interruption

Don't want to miss your favorite show? Even your DVR can't save you if unsafe digging cuts the cable


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2. Power outage

Because everything you, your neighbors, and the NFL's Super Bowl contenders want to play with runs on electricity.


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3. Ruptured water piping

Flooding your neighborhood will never be this fun.


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4. Property damage/ fines

You've been saving for those home improvements for a while now. Don't throw that money out the window by damaging a pipeline; hold onto your hard-earned savings by calling 811 before you dig. Also, not calling 811 before starting digging projects is against the law and could result in fines!


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5. Injuries/death

Unsafe digging is no jokeā€”it can cause death and major injuries. Just ask two-time Olympian and One Calls of America spokesman Cliff Meidl. When Cliff struck buried high-voltage electrical cables with a jackhammer, he endured 30,000 volts of electricity, lost two toes, suffered burns to his legs and knees, and went into cardiac arrest three times. The risk is almost 100% preventable with a call to 811. 


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