August 11 serves as an excellent reminder for Michigan residents, contractors, do-it-yourselfers
and farmers to always call 811 at least three business days before beginning any digging projects. Dialing 811 in Michigan connects to MISS DIG, Michigan’s one-call center. Utilities then send locators to the digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, spray paint or both.
An event to promote safe digging and calling 811 will be held Saturday evening, August 11 (8/11) at the West Michigan Whitecaps baseball game in Comstock Park, 4500 West River Drive. MISS DIG System, Inc., Consumers Energy, DTE Energy and SEMCO Energy are sponsoring the event. The group is part of an 811 coalition that works to increase awareness of safe digging through education and events.
The event is being supported by a group of more than 170 children and adults representing the Salvation Army – Western Michigan/Northern Indiana and will feature the community’s youth of all ages who will don bright Call 811 t-shirts and form a huge, human 8-1-1 on the field at about 5:15 p.m. prior to the game. Youth groups will come from the Fulton Heights Committee Center and the Kroc Corps Community Center. A Salvation Army youth representative will also throw out the ceremonial first pitch.