National 811 Day Reminder: Call Before You Dig

National 811 Day Reminder: Call Before You Dig

When making the free call to 8-1-1, homeowners and contractors are connected to the one call center, a place that notifies the appropriate utility companies - natural gas, electric, water, sewer, telephone and cable lines - of the intent to dig.

The utility companies will each send a professional locator to the digging site to identify and mark the approximate location of the underground lines.

One toll-free call to the utility notification service at 811 can help to get an excavation project safely underway.

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. "These were all avoidable incidents that we are committed to reducing by reminding customers how important it is to call 811 before every project". "This IS a statistic we want homeowners and professional excavators to be a part of". “Calling 811 really is the only way to know which utilities are buried in your area.”.

When you dig, you run the risk of hitting an underground utility, even if you are only digging a few inches. "Still, even with that record number of calls, 44 percent of the damage to our electric facilities in 2016 occurred because someone did not call 811 before digging". Installing a mailbox, building a deck, planting a tree and laying a patio are all examples of digging projects that need a call to 811.

Eversource spokesman Mitch Gross says hitting a utility line can result in fix costs, fines, service outages, and possibly serious injury.

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-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. This can result in disruption of service, property damage, injuries and even deaths.

Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.7 million of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

Call 811 before you dig.

Once lines have been marked, you should respect the marks and dig carefully around them. If a natural gas line is damaged accidentally or the distinct odor of gas is present, folks should call 9-1-1 or the Atlanta Gas Light 24-hour emergency phone line at 1-877-427-4321.

Visit www.nc811.org or www.call811.com for more information about 811 and safe digging practices.

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