The Importance of Marking Flags
On September 9, 2010, a broken gas line caused a massive explosion in California. The fire caused the destruction of homes and lives. This unfortunate incident is an example of the damage broken utility lines can cause. The utility industry has united to prevent accidents like this from happening. The Common Ground Alliance launched the 811, “Call Before You Dig” campaign, which is a number everyone should call before they do any type of digging. Local utility companies will come to the location and mark the ground with the appropriate marking flags.
And every state has their own websites and phone numbers, with 811 being the central national directory. You can tell which utilities have been there by the color of the marking flags. See our Marking Flag Color Chart as a reference. This free service is available to professionals and homeowners for every digging project, no matter the project size.
By calling before you dig, you can have your utility lines marked for free, to prevent broken lines. In addition to being costly mistakes, broken utility lines can lead to major disasters like the explosion in California. Utility lines are usually marked with marking flags. We offer custom printed marking flags, as well as standard utility colors.
You can customize our Presco brand of quality marking flags with a company name, logo, or text. Adding these customized features helps your flags to stand out and promotes your business. During the winter months, it helps to mark important features that are either obscured or hidden by snow. Warning of potential hazards such as bodies of water, utility markers, tree stumps, poles, or other items that could be damaging or life-threatening for someone to come into contact with. Remember, even if you are planning a small digging project, please always call before you dig.