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National Safe Digging Month: Call 811!

April 27, 2016 6:30 am

Every six minutes, underground utility lines are damaged by contractors and homeowners.

“[This] is the time of year when many of our customers think about planting trees and shrubs, putting up a fence, or replacing a mailbox post,” says Ed Baine, senior vice president of Dominion, a Mid-Atlantic power supplier. “But with more than 20 million miles of underground utilities buried across the country, it's very likely that there are telecommunications, cable, electrical or gas lines buried in your yard—in places you cannot see and may not expect.”

To determine if your dig project will strike an underground utility line, call 8-1-1, says Baine. A professional locator will visit your property to mark the underground lines with flags or paint.

Remember:
 
Plan – Always call 8-1-1 at least three business days before digging and allow time for marking, regardless of the depth of the dig or familiarity with the property. If a contractor has been hired, confirm that a call to 811 has been made.

Confirm – After the professional marks the lines, confirm with the 811 call center that all utilities have responded.

Move – Consider relocating your project if it is in proximity to utility line markings.

For more information, visit call811.com.

Source: Dominion

Published with permission from RISMedia.

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