Planting a tree, installing a mailbox or building a deck? Dial before you dig! Preschoolers at the YWCA’s Mabee Early Learning Academy can show you how.

Texas Gas Service recently partnered with the YWCA Paso del Norte to teach young students at the academy about the importance of dialing 8-1-1 before digging. The students, with the help of volunteers from the utility, planted a Bonita Ash tree at the academy.

The goal was to have children take the message about safe digging home and share it with their family. Knowing where underground utility lines are buried before digging helps prevent damage to the line, neighborhood outages or injuries. 

So kids, remind your parents:

1. Call 811 or submit a request online at texas811.com at least two full business days before you start digging.

2. Tell the operator the location and description of the digging project.

 3. The utility companies, like Texas Gas, will be notified and will send locators to mark where the line are located.

4. Once lines have been properly marked, you can carefully dig around the marked areas.

But what if you do hit a natural gas line?

Leave the area immediately, then call 911 and Texas Gas Service at 1-800-959-5325. 

Do not try to cover the line or make any repairs yourself.

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