DALLAS — Before you dig into your next outdoor project, Atmos Energy invites you to enter its Yard Rescue 811 contest. As part of National Safe Digging Month in April, the contest reminds property owners, construction crews and do-it-yourselfers to stay safe by always calling 811 before digging.

The greatest risk to underground natural gas pipelines is accidental damage during digging, according to Atmos Energy. Even minor damage, such as a gouge, scrape, dent or crease in a pipeline or its coating, can cause a leak or failure.

By calling 811 in advance, property owners and contractors are connected to their state’s one-call center, which notifies all appropriate utilities about the excavation. Professional locators mark all underground utility lines at the digging site with flags or spray paint.

Yard Rescue 811: Atmos Energy’s Yard Rescue 811 contest, which begins on Wednesday, April 1, offers participants the chance to win $2,000 for a yard makeover.

  • Take a photo of your yard, which can be at a home, church, school or business.
  • Upload your photo to the contest page at atmosenergy.com/contests or through the contest tab on Atmos Energy’s Facebook page. Ask your friends and family to vote for your Yard Rescue 811 photo every day on the Atmos Energy Facebook page.
  • The photos garnering the most votes in each state that Atmos Energy serves wins.

The Yard Rescue 811 contest is open to all residents in the communities and environs served by Atmos Energy Corporation’s natural gas distribution divisions in Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia, excluding company employees, vendors, suppliers, agencies and 811 damage-prevention centers. See atmosenergy.com/contests for details. Contest ends at midnight CT on April 24, 2015.

 

About Atmos Energy

Atmos Energy Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, is one of the country’s largest natural-gas-only distributors, serving more than 3 million natural gas distribution customers in over 1,400 communities in eight states from the Blue Ridge Mountains in the East to the Rocky Mountains in the West. Atmos Energy manages company-owned natural gas pipeline and storage assets, including one of the largest intrastate natural gas transmission systems in Texas, and provides natural gas marketing and procurement services to industrial, commercial and municipal customers primarily in the Midwest and Southeast. For information, visit atmosenergy.com. Atmos Energy can also be accessed through social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.