Today is National 811 Day

Today, Sunday, Aug. 11, is National 811 Day and serves as a reminder to all homeowners and professional excavators of the importance of calling 811 before beginning any digging or demolishing project.

A simple and free call to 811 connects you to Miss Utility of Virginia, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of your intent to dig. From there, utility locators come to your project area in the time allowed by law to mark the approximate location of the underground utility lines by means of paint, stakes or flags. Once marked, hand digging is required within 24 inches of these marks.

Dig-with-CAREVirginia’s C.A.R.E. message reminds you to call Miss Utility at 811 and avoid damage to underground utility lines. C.A.R.E. means:

  • Call Miss Utility at 811 before you dig.
  • Allow the required time for marking.
  • Respect and protect the marks.
  • Excavate carefully.

To learn more about “Digging with C.A.R.E.” and Virginia’s damage prevention program, contact the State Corporation Commission’s Division of Utility and Railroad Safety at 804-371-9980, or visit the division’s website at

Miss Utility of Virginia is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding legal state and national holidays. However, emergency notifications can be made 365 days a year, 24-hours-a-day.

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