Common Ground Alliance teams with 3M and race car driver Greg Biffle to promote National Safe Digging Month

National call before you dig number, 811, to be featured on Biffle’s No. 16 3M Ford Fusion

Washington, D.C., March 23, 2010—The Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the nation's leading organization focused on protecting underground utility lines and the safety of people who dig near them, has collaborated with CGA member 3M and Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion, to promote National Safe Digging Month this April.

Biffle, well-known in the racing community for building his own house and doing other projects that involve digging, will promote National Safe Digging Month by featuring the logo of 811, the national “Call Before You Dig” number, on the hood, deck lid and spoiler of his No. 16 3M car during the April 25 race at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala.

In addition to the prominent placement of the 811 logo at Talladega, Biffle will serve as the National Safe Digging Month spokesperson throughout April.

A quick and easy call to 811 before digging helps protect people from unintentionally hitting underground pipelines, cables and utility lines, which can put the person who digs at risk and cause service interruptions to entire communities. Every digging job requires a call—even small projects like planting trees or shrubs.

Everyone who calls 811 is connected to a local one-call notification center that will take the caller’s information and communicate it to the local utility companies.

professional locator will then visit the dig site to mark the approximate location of all underground utility lines with spray paint or flags. Once a site has been accurately marked, it is safe to begin digging around the marked areas.

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