National Safe Digging Month

Safe Dig Month GraphicApril 1st marks the start of National Safe Dig Month in Colorado and across the country. On this page you will find Colorado 811’s various campaigns to promote Safe Digging Month. You will also find resources to help your organization support and promote safe digging practices during the month of April.

To view the 2017 Governor’s Proclamation, click here.

To view and download CO811’s 2017 Safe Digging Month press release, click here.

To view and download CO811’s Safe Digging Month social media messages, click here.

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In 2016 Colorado 811 partnered with over 200 fire stations across the state to hang banners outside of their fire stations in hopes to reach more local communities to spread the safe digging message. For the 2017 banner campaign, CO811 is asking the fire stations to hang the banners again, but get creative in sharing the messages on social media through the Safe Dig Month Banner Photo Contest.

The contest will start on April 1st and end on April 30th. The stations must take a creative photo displaying their banner and post it to Facebook and Twitter using the hashtags #SafeDigMonth and #CO811. The winning fire stations will receive a Traeger grill/smoker.

To read more about this contest click here and make sure to follow Colorado on Facebook and Twitter to see photos from the various fire stations.

811 Hot Air Balloon – Grand Junction, April 19th

Colorado 811 will host the 811 Hot Air Balloon at the APWA 2017 Spring Street Conference

811 Balloon Graphic811 Hot Air Balloon WHAT: In recognition of National Safe Digging Month, Colorado 811 will host the 811 Hot Air Balloon on Wednesday, April 19th as a larger-than-life reminder of why it’s important to always call 811 before beginning projects like planting trees or installing a fence that require digging. The 811 Hot Air Balloon will be displayed at the Western Slope branch of the American Public Works Association’s 2017 Spring Street Conference at the Clarion Inn.811 Hot Air Balloon Site Map

WHY: Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811. Colorado 811 and the Western Slope APWA will be educating the public about the free and easy 811 process.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 19, 2017at 10:15 am

WHERE: Clarion Inn – 755 Horizon Dr, Grand Junction, CO 81506

Don’t miss this event to see the 811 Balloon up close, Colorado 811 will also be giving out free t-shirts!

Can you dig it? Game!

FB-prizes-2Join CO811 for a month-long web promotion beginning April 1, 2017. “Dig” for prizes each day of April with a virtual shovel into 1 of 20 virtual “dirt piles” in hopes of finding a prize underneath. Get ready to win $8,500 of great prizes during the month. Users may return to 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 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, Apple Watch, GoPro, Beats Headphones, Macbook Air, Amazon Alexa, XBox 360, Call 811 shirts and mugs and gift cards from VISA, iTunes, Amazon and Starbucks. Contact 8-1-1 before starting any digging project.

Atmos Energy’s Yard Rescue Contest
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Atmos Energy invites you to enter their Yard Rescue 811 Contest for a chance to win $811 towards improving your yard. Remember to always call 811 before digging to have utility-owned lines marked. It’s for your safety, and it’s the law.

How it works: Starting April 1, 2017, snap a photo of your yard project and upload it here.

How to win: Atmos Energy will pick random winners from the states we serve on April 30, 2017.

To see complete details visit