Findlay, Ohio,
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VIDEO: Play ball and remember to call (811, that is)!

Marathon Pipe Line LLC (MPL) celebrated National 811 Day (Aug. 11) with landowners and local emergency responders at minor league baseball games in Louisville, Indianapolis, and New Orleans. MPL’s guests received free tickets and were treated to picnics during the games. The first 811 visitors to the parks received free 811 water bottles.

These celebrations raised awareness of underground utilities and promoted the message that safe digging always begins with a free call to 811, but also served another important goal: saying thanks to those who play a key role in public safety. “The landowners along our pipelines are among our most important assets in terms of maintaining pipeline integrity,” notes Karen Byers, MPL Damage Prevention supervisor. “Events like these are a great way to spread the safe-digging message while working to further earn landowners’ trust, get to know them personally – and to thank them for protecting our pipelines.”

“Throughout the year, we remind landowners and professional contractors to call 811 before digging to eliminate the risk of striking an underground utility line,” said MPL Vice President of Operations Shawn Lyon. “Aug. 11 provides us with a convenient reminder that a free call to this national service is often the only way to know where utilities are buried in your area.”