Cherokee County Fire Spreading Awareness of Safe Digging Day


August 10, 2018

CHEROKEE COUNTY, GA. – August 10, 2018 (patch.com) Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services presented a resolution August 9 to the Cherokee County Division of the Georgia Utility Coordinating Council in recognition of Safe Digging Day. The story is online at patch.com.*

In a statement, Cherokee County Fire Chief Tim Prather said the department was partnering with GUCC “to bring continued awareness to the Georgia 811 project.” The number 811 is what people can dial to gain information about safe digging before they begin a project. The department and GUCC saw the upcoming date of August 11 as an opportunity to promote safe digging in Cherokee County, Prather said. 

Improper digging can result in service interruption, environmental damage, injuries to the public, and injuries to public safety personnel. “If we can prevent one digging accident from occurring, this protects our own fire personnel, and we have been successful with this effort,” Prather said.

Along with educating the public about safe digging, the Georgia 811 project promotes preparedness on the part of fire fighters, pipeline workers, and emergency personnel. Georgia 811 is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to preventing damage to Georgia’s underground utilities and promoting public safety. The organization functions as a communication system, connecting state member utility companies with professional excavators and homeowners who are planning mechanized digging activity, such as excavation, tunneling, grading, boring, and demolition. 

Citizens of Georgia should remember to always call 811 before they dig. More information about the project and safe digging tips can be found at Georgia811.com

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