BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Each year on Aug. 11 is 811 Day, a reminder to dig safely and lawfully. It’s important to dial 811 to have the approximate location of underground utilities and pipelines marked, whether you’re installing a fence, deck or swimming pool; planting a tree; or beginning any excavation project.

Whether you are a “do-it-yourself” homeowner or a contracted professional, before starting landscaping or home improvement projects, it is essential to protect yourself and stay safe when digging.

Every nine minutes in the U.S., an underground utility line is damaged because someone did not call 811. Dial the national “Call Before You Dig” phone number or connect online at