AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — In celebration of 811 Day, Atmos Energy is hosting the “Chalk It Up
to Safe Digging” chalk drawing contest to highlight the importance of calling 811 before any type of
Held every year on Aug. 11, 811 Day is an annual initiative led by the U.S. Department of
Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to ensure the
practice of safe digging is echoed in communities by calling 8-1-1, a nationwide toll-free number, before
any excavation project said Atmos.
Atmos said Everyone who calls 811 a few days before digging is connected to a local one-call notification center that
will take the caller’s information and communicate it to area utility companies. Professional locators will
then visit the dig site to mark the approximate location of underground utility lines with spray paint, flags,
or both. Once a site has been accurately marked, it is safe to begin digging around the marked areas.
“We invite all ages to get creative and enter the ‘Chalk It Up to Safe Digging’ contest,” said Michael
Gonzales, Atmos Energy manager of public affairs. “Digging without knowing the location of
underground utilities can result in serious injuries, inconvenient service disruptions and costly repairs
when natural gas, electric, communications, water and sewer lines are damaged. Help keep our
communities safe by promoting the importance of safe digging on 811 Day and all year round.”
Starting today and continuing through Aug. 6, anyone can enter the “Chalk It Up to Safe Digging”
- Grab plenty of sidewalk chalk and head outdoors.
- Pick a location on your property such as a patio, sidewalk, or driveway.
- Ready, set, draw! Gus the Gopher loves the 811 logo and any artwork that promotes safe digging, so get creative!
- Take a photo and upload your chalk drawing online at atmosenergy.com/contest.
Eight winners will be chosen at random to win a $100 gift card to a local hardware store of their choice,
and winners will be announced on Aug. 11 – 811 Day. Visit atmosenergy.com/contest for more details.