Call 811 before you dig.

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Atmos Energy launches “Yard Rescue 811” contest to remind residents to call 811 before digging.

Planning a home improvement job? Planting a tree? Installing a fence or deck? Whether you are planning to do it yourself or hire a professional, Atmos Energy reminds everyone smart digging means calling 811 before each job. Homeowners often assume their projects are too small to need having their utility lines marked, but every digging job requires a call – even small projects like planting trees and shrubs.

As part of National Safe Digging Month in April, Atmos Energy reminds property owners, construction crews and do-it-yourselfers to stay safe by always calling 811 before digging. The greatest risk to underground natural gas pipelines is accidental damage during digging, according to the utility. Even minor damage, such as a gouge, scrape, dent or crease in a pipeline or its coating, can cause a leak or failure.

Call 811 Before You DigAtmos points out the depth of utility lines varies, and there may be multiple utility lines in a common area. Digging without calling can disrupt service to an entire neighborhood, as well as harm you and those around you and potentially result in fines and repair costs. Calling 811 before every digging job gets your underground utility lines marked for free and helps prevent undesired consequences. By making the call, property owners and contractors are connected to their state’s one-call center, which notifies all appropriate utilities about the excavation. Professional locators mark all underground utility lines at the digging site with flags or spray paint.

Enter to Win $2,000 for a Yard Makeover
As part of its emphasis on National Safe Digging Month, Atmos recently launched the “Yard Rescue 811” contest, which runs through April 24 and offers participants the chance to win $2,000 for a yard makeover.

  • Take a photo of your yard, which can be at a home, church, school or business.
  • Upload your photo to the contest page at or through the contest tab on Atmos Energy’s Facebook page. 
  • Ask your friends and family to vote for your Yard Rescue 811 photo every day on the Atmos Energy Facebook page.
  • The photos garnering the most votes in each state that Atmos Energy serves wins.

The Yard Rescue 811 contest is open to all residents in the communities and environs served by Atmos Energy Corporation’s natural gas distribution divisions in Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia, excluding company employees, vendors, suppliers, agencies and 811 damage-prevention centers.

See for details. Contest ends at midnight CDT on April 24, 2015.
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