AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - August 11 is National 8-1-1 Day and energy companies are reminding the public to call 8-1-1 before any digging project.
If you are planning on doing yard work or adding an addition to your home, by law homeowners and contractors have to call 8-1-1 or contact a local 8-1-1 support center.
By calling this number, professionals will come to your property for free to mark all the water, gas and power lines underground.
Damaging or striking a single line can create a dangerous situation and cause injury. Minor scrapes and dents in a pipeline can easily cause a leak or shortage.
"Even when doing something as simple as installing a mailbox or planting a tree could damage an unknown utility line," said Atmos spokesman Roy Urrutia.
Calling at least 3 days in advance can reduce the risk of rupturing an utility line up to 99 percent.
You can also submit a request online here before advancing any project.