Mock Line Strike & Hot Air Balloon Visit Greer to Educate Importance of Utility Safety
GREER – Utility operators, contractors, emergency responders and public officials are invited to a unique pipeline safety event Tuesday, October 30th. The mock line strike, hosted by South Carolina 811, Greer CPW and Enertech LLC will demonstrate a natural gas line being hit and how to respond to the situation.
More than 400 utility members are expected for both the classroom and mock line strike demonstration to learn more about properly locating underground utilities through SC811.
“Mock line strikes are extremely beneficial for all first responders, contractors and utility operators simply because they can observe how dangerous hitting a gas line can be in a controlled setting.” said Kaziah Howard, SC811 Public Awareness Manager. “This is the first time we’ve brought this program to the Upstate and hope to reach even more people with our message.”
The event is free to attend however it is not open to the public. General contractors, excavators, utility company representatives, emergency responders are encouraged to attend. Lunch, which will be sponsored by Tracer Electronics will also be included. Additional sponsors for the event include: SCE&G, Dixie Pipeline, Dominion Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas, Plains All American Pipeline, UtiliQuest, USIC, Horry Telephone Co-Op, Spirit Communications, Berkeley Electric Co-Op, and Fort Hill Natural Gas Authority.
WHO: Mock Line Strike
WHERE: Greer CPW, 100 Duke Street, Greer SC 29650
WHEN: Tuesday October 30th, 2018
TIME: 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
The mock line strike will hit home the importance of using SC811 to have underground utility lines marked before putting a shovel or piece of equipment in the ground. When calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to SC811, the local one call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, paint or both.
Every nine minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without calling 811 first. Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages.
In addition to the mock line strike, the 811-hot air balloon will set up at Lowe’s in Greer Friday, November 2nd to spread the message of 811. The hot air balloon is currently on a cross country trip to support calling before you dig. This is the second visit from the balloon in two years. The event is open to the public and is attendees are encouraged to visit with the pilot and have your digging questions answered.
“As excited as SC811 is to have the balloon back in South Carolina, we are more excited about the message it brings with it. Preventing damages to utilities and promoting awareness about 811 in South Carolina is something we are passionate about. Having a utility line hit can be an awful situation, but a free call to 811 can prevent damages in our state 99% of the time,” said Megan Hobbs, SC811 Community Liaison.
WHO: 811 Balloon
WHERE: Lowe’s Home Improvement, 1370 W. Wade Hampton Blvd., Greer SC
WHEN: Friday November 2nd, 2018
TIME: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Available interviews for Mock Line Strike:
SC 811 Public Awareness Manager Kaziah Howard
Greer CPW underground locator
Available interviews for Hot Air Balloon:
SC 811 Community Liaison Megan Hobbs
Greer CPW representative
811 Balloon pilot DJ Stukas
811 Balloon Crew Chief Joe Karpenske
About SC811: SC811 is the South Carolina resource for promoting damage prevention of underground infrastructure. Established in 1978, the not-for-profit has helped educate thousands of homeowners and contractors about the importance of locating underground utility lines. For more information, visit www.sc811.com
About CPW: Greer Commission of Public Works has provided award winning electric, natural gas, water, and wastewater treatment services to the City of Greer and the surrounding area for over 100 years. Currently we have over 70,000 customer connections. For more information, visit www.greercpw.com.
About the 811 Balloon: In 2017, Cox Utility Services Inc. partnered with the Common Ground Alliance to promote the 811 message of safety around the country on the co-branded 811 Hot Air Balloon. The effort was such a resounding success that the effort will continue in 2018! The 811 Balloon will travel across the country raising awareness about underground damage prevention.