Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

UGI Encourages Homeowners and Contractors to Work Safely on National 811 Day

UGI Encourages Homeowners and Contractors to Work Safely on National 811 Day

Today is National Safe Digging 8-1-1 Day, and Consumers Energy is encouraging MI homeowners and business owners to call MISS DIG 8-1-1 before starting digging projects.

Each year, August 11, or 811, serves as a reminder to the public to call 8-1-1 before starting an outdoor digging project.

Damages to Consumers Energy natural gas system because homeowners did not call MISS DIG 8-1-1 are down 21 percent in the first half of 2017 compared to same period in 2016. Then, professional locators are sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags or spray paint. Calling 811 is not only a free, safe and smart way to avoid injuries and disruptions to vital utility services; it is also a New York State requirement.

Virginia's C.A.R.E. message reminds you to call VA811 and emphasizes additional steps you can take to prevent damage to underground utility lines.

-Call 8-1-1 before digging: When starting an outdoor project involving digging, contact Georgia 811 at 8-1-1 or 1- 800-282-741. "These were all avoidable incidents that we are committed to reducing by reminding customers how important it is to call 811 before every project".

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If you hit an underground utility line while digging, you could cause serious injuries, disrupt service to your neighbors, or face fines and fix costs. Dig no closer than 18 inches from the marked utility lines. Examples include putting in a mailbox, planting a flowerbed and building a deck. Even worse, a line strike can cause serious personal injury or even death. Additionally, there are almost 14,000 miles of BGE natural gas distribution and service lines throughout central Maryland.

Call 811 before you dig. The only physical way to know what's below is to call and have the utilities buried in your area marked.

"Gold Shovel Standard certification helps municipalities increase control over the safety and integrity of their buried infrastructure, and allows them to identify contractors who exhibit a commitment to extreme caution and safety training", said Bruce Campbell, CEO of MISS DIG System.

In New York, call 811 at least two business days before each job to have underground pipes, wires and equipment located.

Additional information, including a damage prevention booklet on safe excavating practices and the protection of underground facilities, can be found online at http://newyork-811.com.

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