Damage Prevention is Like a Seed

You can’t plant a seed, walk away and expect to have a healthy plant.  It’s the same with Damage Prevention.  You can’t talk about it once or twice and expect a robust Damage Prevention program to be the result.  They both need to be nurtured  continuously.

Now that National Safe Digging Month is over, we can’t ignore the Damage Prevention message until next April.  If we want safe digging practices to become the norm, we need to continuously reinforce the Damage Prevention message.  Will you help?

One of the ways South Dakota 811 is continuously supporting Damage Prevention is by developing quarterly newsletters so we can provide in-depth messaging to our utility operators and professional excavators.  You’ll only receive these newsletters if you subscribe.  The subscription is free, but Spam regulations say we can’t send you the newsletter if you don’t ask for it.

It will take less than a minute, will you help?

To receive the newsletter for utility operators, please click HERE.

To receive the newsletter for professional excavators, please click HERE.

Feel free to subscribe to both newsletters if you want.

Until next time, dig safely.

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Your Voice is an Important Part of National Safe Digging Month!

The primary goal of National Safe Digging Month is that everyone knows the importance of safe digging practices and the role South Dakota811 plays in protecting people and our utility infrastructure.  We need your help to make that happen.

We need you to talk to your friends and neighbors about safe digging practices.  We need you to tell them that calling South Dakota 811 before they dig protects them from potential injury if they hit an underground line.  We need you to tell them because research says that more than half of Americans don’t call when they are doing simple projects around their home.  And reminding your neighbors to call South Dakota 811 before they dig could keep you from losing your services like internet cable TV, power or natural gas to your home.

Your voice does more to convince your friends and neighbors about how and why to be safe when they dig than what we have to say.  Will you please speak up?

Don’t forget that you can reach South Dakota 811 24/7/365.  You can speak with a live agent by dialing 811.  If you prefer, simply enter your requests online.  Homeowners can click HERE to reach the Homeowner Portal.  Professional excavators can request locates online HERE.

Please remember, we need to sign up for your FREE subscription to the new South Dakota 811 newsletters for utility operations and excavators.

To receive the newsletter for utility operators, please click HERE.

To receive the newsletter for professional excavators, please click HERE.

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It’s Still Safe Digging Month

It’s Still Safe Digging Month

One of the goals of Safe Digging Month is to dispel some of the misconceptions of unsafe digging practices that many consider safe.  Things like …

  • If I’m just using hand tools, I don’t need to call South Dakota 811 before I dig. That’s wrong.  Even digging with a shovel can damage a gas pipeline enough to release gas.
  • I’m not digging very deep, I don’t need to call South Dakota 811 before I dig. That’s also wrong.  The depth of underground lines shifts over time and can be much closer to the surface than you think.
  • It’s such a small project, there is no need to call South Dakota 811 before I dig. Those could be famous last words before you damage a buried fiber line.

The only safe project is one where you call South Dakota 811 BEFORE you dig.  It’s easy.  It’s free.  And it keeps you safe.

Don’t forget that you can reach South Dakota 811 24/7/365.  You can speak with a live agent by dialing 811.  If you prefer, simply enter your requests online.  Homeowners can click HERE to reach the Homeowner Portal.  Professional excavators can request locates online HERE.

Please remember, we need to sign up for your FREE subscription to the new South Dakota 811 newsletters for utility operations and excavators.

To receive the newsletter for utility operators, please click HERE.

To receive the newsletter for professional excavators, please click HERE.

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April is National Safe Digging Month

April is Safe Digging Month.  Folks across the country use April to spread the word about safe digging.  South Dakota 811 is doing our part.  You’ll be seeing messages in this blog and on our social media accounts.

The new quarterly newsletters we’re starting in May and June are an important part of how we at South Dakota 811 will continue to provide useful and informative information on how to dig more safely.  The newsletter format will allow us to provide more in-depth information than this blog.  It will also allow us to provide information to excavators that may not interest utility members and vice versa.

We need your help to make our newsletters effective.  We need you to sign up for a free subscription.

To receive the newsletter for utility operators, please click HERE.

To receive the newsletter for professional excavators, please click HERE.

Don’t forget that you can reach South Dakota 811 24/7/365.  You can speak with a live agent by dialing 811.  If you prefer, simply enter your requests online.  Homeowners can click HERE to reach the Homeowner Portal.  Professional excavators can request locates online HERE.

Until next time, safe digging.

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Don’t Forget!

Don’t forget to call South Dakota 48 hours before any excavation.  Call so your work can begin on time and call to keep yourself and everyone in the area safe.

Don’t forget to get your FREE subscription to the New South Dakota 811 quarterly newsletters.  These newsletters will contain News You Can Use and will be written specially for you.

To receive the newsletter for utility operators, please click HERE.

To receive the newsletter for professional excavators, please click HERE.

Don’t forget that you can reach South Dakota 811 24/7/365.  You can speak with a live agent by dialing 811.  If you prefer, simply enter your requests online.  Homeowners can click HERE to reach the Homeowner Portal.  Professional excavators can request locates online HERE.

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Call 811 First, Go Home to Your Family Safely Tonight

We all know that we’re supposed to call South Dakota 811 two working days before we begin digging, but in our busy lives we sometimes forget why.

The bottom line is that calling South Dakota 811 is an important safety net for those who excavate.  Yes, it is the law.  Yes, it protects underground utilities from damage.  But it also protects you; it helps you get home to your family safely tonight and every tonight.

So the next time you’re in a rush and think you don’t have time to call South Dakota 811, remember the call you don’t have time to make protects you.

You can speak with a live agent by dialing 811.  If you prefer, simply enter your requests online.  Homeowners can click HERE to reach the Homeowner Portal.  Professional excavators can request locates online HERE.

Have you signed up for the FREE Utility Operator and Professional Excavator Newsletter?  Just click below.

To receive the newsletter for utility operators, please click HERE.

To receive the newsletter for professional excavators, please click HERE.

Until next week, safe digging!

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The South Dakota 811 Blog is expanding

We’re expanding the South Dakota 811 weekly blog into two quarterly newsletters: one written especially for utility operators, the other professional excavators.  This new format will allow us provide more in-depth information targeted specifically to each audience.

The free newsletters will be sent by email, but you’ll need to subscribe to the newsletter to receive it.

To receive the newsletter for utility operators, please click HERE.

To receive the newsletter for professional excavators, please click HERE.

​We’ll continue this blog through the end of March, but please subscribe to the newsletter now.

Remember, you can speak with a live agent by dialing 811.  If you prefer, simply enter your requests online.  Homeowners can click HERE to reach the Homeowner Portal.  Professional excavators can request locates online HERE.

Until next week, safe digging.

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Spring Meetings Start Next Week

It may not look like Spring when you gaze out a window, but South Dakota 811 Spring Meetings begin next week.

These meetings are the time each year when utility operators and South Dakota 811 provide you the information you need to dig safely for the entire year.  The one-hour meetings are open to all who are involved in ticket  notifications, locating underground facilities and excavating near buried facilities.

If you haven’t made plans to attend one of these meetings, please do so. And please share this schedule with others who may not have received it directly.  Everything you need to know about the meetings can be found HERE.

Remember, you can speak with a live agent by dialing 811.  If you prefer, simply enter your requests online.  Homeowners can click HERE to reach the Homeowner Portal.  Professional excavators can request locates online HERE.

Until next week, safe digging.

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Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early Spring

Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early Spring

After dealing with Polar Vortexes and a winter’s worth of snow, most South Dakotans are planning for Spring.   Whether you’re planting crops or a flower garden, repairing a fence or plowing a field, plans for the upcoming season are underway. There’s a very important part to all of these plans that you don’t want to overlook – call South Dakota 811 at least two business days before you plan to put a shovel into the ground.

A quick phone call or simple online form is all it takes to make your request to have your underground utility lines marked.  Once your lines have been marked, you know where you can dig safely.

Remember, you can speak with a live agent by dialing 811.  If you prefer, simply enter your requests online.  Homeowners can click HERE to reach the Homeowner Portal.  Professional excavators can request locates online HERE.

Until next week and throughout the Spring, safe digging.

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It’s Spring Meeting Time!

It's Spring Meeting Time!

South Dakota 811 announces our schedule of Spring Damage Prevention Meetings.  These meetings are conducted jointly by South Dakota 811 and local utilities.  The informative sessions assist both excavators and utility operators on reducing damage to underground utilities and improving safety for excavators and the public.  Sessions will be approximately one hour in length with an opportunity for questions and answers.

The Damage Prevention meetings are open to all personnel that are involved in ticket notifications, locating facilities and excavation activities near buried facilities.  Please share this announcement with others who may not have received it directly.

For specific locations and times, please click HERE.

Remember, you can speak with a live agent by dialing 811.  If you prefer, simply enter your requests online.  Homeowners can click HERE to reach the Homeowner Portal.  Professional excavators can request locates online HERE.

Until next week, safe digging.

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