Nicor Gas Safe Digging Campaign 2022 - 'No Diggity' Remix By Chauncey Black of Blackstreet
Dig up the musical nostalgia of Blackstreet’s ’90s chart-topping R&B jam “No Diggity,” which has been remixed to promote safe digging awareness.
Nicor Gas partnered with Grammy® award-winning singer, songwriter Chauncey Black of Blackstreet to launch the “No Diggity” Safe Digging Campaign to emphasize the importance of calling 811 before starting any outdoor digging project. The witty remix of the hit song was recorded by Black himself.
“When I heard about this campaign and its message, I instantly wanted to get behind it. The message builds awareness of the dangers around unsafe digging where utility lines may be involved and is something that must be heard. And what better way to deliver an important message than with a song,” Black said. “Safe digging saves lives. No diggity, no doubt.”
Nicor Gas is using the fresh take on “No Diggity” to remind homeowners and professional contractors across the country to always call 811 before starting any outdoor digging project.
The Common Ground Alliance, a national nonprofit organization working to protect underground utility lines, says damage to covered pipe and cable happens once every few minutes because of digging near unmarked utility lines. To help prevent damage, calling 811 is required before digging, including minor do-it-yourself home improvement projects like planting a tree or installing a fence or deck, as well as breaking ground on a major new building development.
“Nothing is more important to us than ensuring the safe delivery of natural gas to our 4.3 million customers. But we can’t do it alone,” said Kim Greene, chairman, president and CEO of Southern Company Gas. “We are so thrilled that Chauncey of Blackstreet is partnering with us in this important effort. By leveraging such a creative remix to their song, we aim to educate more people about the importance of calling 811 before beginning any digging project.”
When homeowners and contractors call 811, it notifies the appropriate utility companies of the intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent – for free – to the requested dig site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, paint or both.
A homeowner using a shovel and a professional excavator using an earthmover are required by state law to call 811 at least three business days before starting any digging project. Calling 811 before digging on any property is the law.
Nicor Gas encourages homeowners and contractors to follow these safe digging guidelines and always dig with CARE:
Call Before You Dig: Before starting any outdoor digging project, customers should dial 811 at least three days in advance to request to have underground utility lines marked. Requests to have utility operators locate underground lines, including natural gas, electric, water, sewer, telephone and cable lines, can be made 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The service is free.
Allow the Required Time for Marking: After contacting 811, wait for underground utility lines to be marked before digging. Locators will mark the approximate location of buried lines with color-coded spray paint, flags or stakes corresponding to the utility. The color used for natural gas is yellow.
Respect the Marks: Only use hand digging tools to carefully uncover the area around a utility line when you need to dig near location markers.
Excavate Carefully: Make sure the marks remain visible during the project. If the lines are damaged or removed, customers are encouraged to contact 811 to have lines remarked.
The good news is that nearly all of these accidents can be prevented by calling 811 before digging. Excavation work is the most common cause of natural gas emergencies. This includes something as small as digging or plowing around a home for an improvement project to breaking ground on a new building development. If you’re getting outside this spring and summer to do work in your yard, 811 should be part of your project checklist.
When you proactively call 811 before breaking ground, professional utility locators visit the property free of charge to mark the land where underground pipelines exist. That way, you know the spots to avoid and limit the need to call emergency repair crews, all while respecting your neighbors and the area around you.
Calling before digging on any property is the law. Knowing where to dig is as easy as:
Call 811 to schedule your appointment.
Professional locators will survey the site, then identify and mark underground lines for free.
Safe digging makes for safe communities. Do your part to protect yourself and your neighbors. Call 811 before you dig!
Once the lines are marked, use the appropriate digging methods and hand dig within 24 inches of the marked utility lines. This will help prevent any damage to underground utility lines.
Make sure the marks remain visible during the entire project. If the marks are damaged or removed, customers are encouraged to call 811 to have lines re-marked. Excavation work, including hand digging with a spade or shovel or plowing around a home or business is the most common cause of natural gas emergencies. If a natural gas line is damaged accidentally or the distinct odor of natural gas is present, call 911 and the Nicor Gas 24-hour emergency phone line at 888.Nicor4U (888.642.6748) from a safe location. Do not operate any machinery or any equipment that might cause a spark.
*Residents within the city of Chicago dial 312.744.7000.
Nicor Gas monitors excavation activities around critical infrastructure. If, after contacting JULIE, it is determined that your project location is near a critical natural gas line, you will be contacted by a member of our Watch and Protect team. In many instances, a Nicor Gas representative will be onsite during digging. This service is free.
Ready to be an advocate for calling 811 and encourage your peers to do the same? Download our 811 Toolkit to share on your social media accounts!
Businessowners, future customers and the general public want to know that construction crews and contractors are responsible members of the communities where they operate. Show them you respect the law and follow proper protocol by calling 811 before digging.