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An easy call to 8-1-1 could prevent a call to 9-1-1

An easy call to 8-1-1 could prevent a call to 9-1-1

On November 6, 2006, a cable television technician was on a routine service call at a home in Huntington, Indiana, and inadvertently drove a grounding rod through a one-inch natural gas pipeline. A gas company employee quickly arrived at the scene, but within minutes the house exploded, killing a resident of the home and Alan Dalrymple, the responder for the gas company. This tragedy is a sad reminder that a call to 8-1-1 could have saved a life.

In this new video from the Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Brandon Dalrymple--the oldest of Alan Dalrymples' two sons left fatherless that day--reminds viewers that a quick call to 8-1-1 could prevent a call to 9-1-1.

I thank Brandon for participating in this powerful video. I also want to let Fast Lane readers know that Brandon's efforts to spread the word about the Call 811 service extend beyond this testimonial. Every year he hosts the Alan Dalrymple Memorial Softball Tournament in Huntington to remind people to call 8-1-1 before every digging project.

That's good advice that we at PHMSA never get tired of sharing. So--whether you're a service technician, a contractor, or even a home gardener--if you're planning to dig, plan to Call 811 first.

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