811 Day (August 11, 2017) Activities

Did you know, nationally every six minutes, an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided not to contact 811 before digging? Striking a single underground utility line can cause injury, repair costs, fines, and inconvenient outages. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants contacting 811. According to a March 2016 NYS Office of the State Comptroller audit, as of 2014, New York had 91,181 miles of natural gas pipelines and 1,153 miles of hazardous materials pipelines. Between 1995 and 2014, New York had 194 pipeline incidents with 23 fatalities, 123 injuries, and $77 million in property damage.

With August 11, 2017, just around the corner, Dig Safely New York and its Damage Prevention Councils (DPCs) around the state, hope that this date on the calendar will serve as a natural reminder for New York State residents to always 811 before any digging project, to have underground utility lines marked.

Dig Safely New York Celebrates 811 Day 2017!

For more information on celebration activities, please see below. We welcome you to join our festivities and share on Facebook and Twitter

6:45 a.m.  Syracuse, New York Television Interview:

News Channel CBS5’s anchor Allison Bybee and Dig Safely New York’s Kevin Hopper

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7:30 a.m. Utica, New York Radio Interview: WIBX 950 AM/Fox 33’s Bill Keller and Marcy’s Town Supervisor Brian Scala sockTweet.png

8:08 a.m. History Made: Dig Safely New York goes Facebook Live for the first time ever!

 811 Day 2017 Facebook Live Office Celebration

8:11 a.m. Rang in 811 Day with the Dig Safely New York call center and cow bells!

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 8:45 a.m.  Utica, New York Television Interview: WKTV News Channel 2 and Dig Safely New York’s Kevin Hopper 

Syracuse, New York Radio Interviews:811 Day 2017 Dig Safely New York (Mars Hill Network)

SUNNY 102.1Mars Hill Network 102.9 FM 

811 day 2017 tweet12.PNGRochester, New York Radio Interviews: 95.1 FM, WHAM 1180 AM     

10:00 a.m. —  Announcement of Cats in Hard Hats and Decked out Dogs pet photo contest winners on Facebook.



Grand Island, New York Article — PSC joins effort to raise awareness for national 811 'Dig Safely Day' 

Geneseo, New York Article  On ‘811 Day,’ A Reminder to Always Dig Safely

Syracuse, New York Article  Dig Safely New York’s 811 Day! 


12:00 p.m. —  Social media interactions. 




Check out what’s going on around the state to celebrate and to bring awareness to 811 day.

Hudson Valley DPC is attending the Rockland Boulders Game at Palisades Credit Union  http://www.rocklandboulders.com/ 225 tickets have been purchased and all adults are required to wear yellow 811 shirts for the night.  The game is on Friday August, 11, (811 day), we will be located at the entrance giving out information about Call 811 before you dig.  Frank Wassil will toss out the first pitch, kids will be able to take the field during the National Anthem with a ball player, (yellow t shirts perfected).  Dig Safely New York Announcements will be read, Dig Safely New York "Day in the Dark commercial" is played throughout the night and at 8:11 pm.  T-shirts will be tossed into the spectators randomly.
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Rochester Red Wing game in DSNY safety green shirts.
Painted logos around the state