No Cost Damage Prevention Campaigns Promoting Safe Digging

Pennsylvania 811 is a privately funded non-profit Pennsylvania Corporation. Our purpose is to prevent damage to underground facilities. To promote safety, we provide an efficient and effective communications network among project owners, designers, excavators, and facility owners. To assist you with your safe digging promotions, we have compiled a list of several successful public safety awareness campaigns that you are welcome to use. For questions about any of the 811 campaigns or to share ideas, please contact daschwartzmiller@pa1call.org. To learn more about Pennsylvania 811, click here. For training or questions regarding our law and processes, click here. To promote your damage prevention efforts, send an email with photos to 811@commongroundalliance.com

Damage Prevention Language

National campaigns use generic slogans which work with all damage prevention campaigns: "Know what's below. Call before you dig." - "Always Call 811 Before You Dig." - "One free, easy call gets your utility lines marked." - "Safe Digging is No Accident." 

Pennsylvania One Call Center business name:  "Pennsylvania One Call System, Inc." - "Pennsylvania 811"

Pennsylvania-specific language can be used in a campaign to promote behavior according to the law:  "At least 3 business days before digging." - "Free toll-free telephone call to 811." - "18" Tolerance Zone" - "PA Act 287, as amended."

 

 


County, City and/or Township or Boroughs "Safe Digging Month" Proclamations

Designate the month of April as "Pennsylvania 811 Safe Digging Month" in your county, city or township/borough by using the proclamation template. You can mail a proclamation to Pennsylvania One Call System, Inc., 925 Irwin Run Rd., West Mifflin, PA 15122 and/or email it to contact@pa1call.org. 

Proclamation Sample
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County Proclamation PDF
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County Proclamation DOC
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National Safe Digging Month (National Campaign)

  April 1 - April 30

Support April as National Safe Digging Month

Help us with the public safety awareness program by adding the web button to your web site.

You can click here for national promotional tools.

It is encouraged to use the national slogans for promotion of the 811 telephone number:  
April is National Safe Digging Month | Always Call 811 Before You Dig | One free, easy call gets your utility lines marked. | Helps protect you from injury and expense. | Safe Digging is No Accident. | Know what's below. Call before you dig.

National Safe Digging Month (Pennsylvania Advertising)

  April 1 - April 30

Support April as National Safe Digging Month (promotions)

Help us with the public safety awareness program by adding the web button to your web site.

It is encouraged to use the Pennsylvania-specific slogans to promote education of the law: 
Call 811 at least 3 business days before digging | Free, easy toll-free telephone call to 811. | 18" tolerance zone | Operates every day of the year, 24 hours a day.

Social Media:  #safedigging | #Call811 | #Pennsylvania811

 

 


Can You Dig It! Contest  April 1 - April 30

Can You Dig It! Contest (website)
One Calls of America, including Pennsylvania 811, developed this contest with the help of IWearYourShirt, to promote safe digging during the month of April.All stakeholders are encouraged to use the template to promote on your website. Prizes are awarded by the supporting state one call center.

Support the Can You Dig It! Contest for National Safe Digging Month
1.  Download the image for the Can You Dig It! Contest and insert it on your website. Optional: add the below contest rules
2.  Link the image to www.SafeDigging.me

Back by popular demand, Can You Dig It! Join us for a month-long web promotion beginning April 1. “Dig” for prizes every day with a virtual shovel into 1 of 20 virtual “dirt piles” in hopes of finding a prize notification underneath. Over $5000 in prizes during the month. Users may return to www.Safedigging.me each day for another chance to win until April 30.

The promotion allows visitors one dig per day. However, bonus questions are included as well, to not only give users the ability to learn more about Call 811 and the importance of safe digging, but also to earn an extra “dig” to double a user’s chances of winning a prize every day. Be careful! Dig in the wrong area and you could hit a water, gas, power, phone or sewer line, resulting in no prize for that particular day. Lucky diggers have the chance to win an iPad Mini, Kindle Fire HD, Apple TV, Jawbone JAMBOX, iPod Shuffle, Samsung Chromebook, XBox 360, Sony Cybershot WX50, Call 811 shirts and mugs and gift cards from VISA, iTunes, Amazon and Starbucks. Call 8-1-1 before starting any digging project.

Contest Rules
Join us for a month-long web promotion during April giving users the ability to "dig" for prizes every day with a virtual shovel. Visitors can click 1 of 20 virtual "dirt piles" in hopes of finding a prize notification underneath. Users may return to www.SafeDigging.me each day for another chance to win until April 30. No restrictions on who can win. 

The promotion allows visitors one dig per day. However, bonus questions are included as well, to not only give users the ability to learn more about Call811 and the importance of safe digging, but also to earn an extra "dig" to double a user's chances of winning a prize every day. Be careful! Dig in the wrong area and you could hit a water, gas, power, phone or sewer line, resulting in no prize for that particular day. Lucky diggers have the chance to win over $5,000 in prizes. Call 8-1-1 before starting any digging project.

Social Media:  #CanYouDigIt

We encourage all of our member facility owners and municipalities to promote the contest on your web site. 

Banner Program

    April - while supplies last

The Banner Program starts in April of every year. Pennsylvania 811 offers our stakeholders a no cost vinyl banner to promote the public safety awareness message. The only requirement to get your free banner is to take a picture of it once it is up. To learn more about the program, click here.
Social Media: #811Banners

Fire House 811 Campaign



Pennsylvania 811 has expanded its public awareness campaign to promote safe digging practices within local communities across Pennsylvania. The FIRE HOUSE 811 campaign encourages fire companies to take a stand against trenching incidents within their communities by promoting "Call 811 Before You Dig". Participating fire houses have seven chances to win $500! The drawings occur 7 times a year: May 12, June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13 and November 10. One entry per fire station. A picture and address is needed to qualify as an entry. If a fire house does not have a marquee, Pennsylvania 811 will supply the station with a 4 x 8 ft banner.


2017 Sponsors:  Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, PPL Electric Utilities, PECO Energy, UGI, UGI Energy Services and Pennsylvania 811.

811 License Plates or 811 Travel Mugs

While supplies last


Schedule an excavator presentation for your company. Anyone attending the presentation will receive a license plate or travel mug. Help promote safe digging in Pennsylvania! Contact your liaison representative today to schedule an excavator presentation.


Social Media:  #811Plates | #811Mugs | #Call811
Social Media Messages
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Pennsylvania One Call System, Inc.

Our purpose is to prevent damage to underground facilities. To promote safety, we provide an efficient and effective communications network among project owners, designers, excavators, and facility owners. Know what’s below. Dial 8-1-1 before you dig.


PA One Call website update 03-22-2017.

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