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On '811 Day,' a reminder to always dig safely

On '811 Day,' a reminder to always dig safely

Atmos Energy wants to thank homeowners and excavators alike for observing the law and keeping our communities safe by always calling 811 before digging.

When digging, people run the risk of hitting an underground utility, even if only digging a few inches. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call to 811. The 811 number was established in 2005 by the Federal Communications Commission to provide an easy and free method for protecting underground utility lines.

Striking a single line can cause injury, fix costs, fines and inconvenient outages.

"Every six minutes an underground utility is damaged because someone decided not to call 811", said Howard Corey with North Carolina 811.

"Calling 811 is the best way to avoid the danger of striking utility lines when digging".

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"Last year, PSEG Long Island responded to more than 160,000 electric utility mark-out requests that came through the NY 811 Call Center", said John O'Connell, PSEG Long Island vice president of transmission and distribution operations. "Damage to vital utility services by excavation equipment results in hundreds of interruptions each year and disrupts residents and businesses in our communities". If the damage results in a risky situation, call 9-1-1.

If you smell gas, immediately leave the area and call 911, O&R's Gas Emergency Hotline at 1-800-533-LEAK (1-800-533-5325), or your local gas utility. 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 before starting.

If you hired a contractor, confirm that a call to 811 has been made. The MISS DIG System's primary function is to process requests from individuals planning to dig and notifying member utilities about these excavations. Utility locators will come to your project area, within the time allowed by law, to mark the approximate horizontal location of their underground utility lines by means of paint, stakes, or flags. Once lines have been properly marked and you receive confirmation, you may begin your project.

Property owners and excavators must maintain and respect the marks.

For more information, visit atmosenergy.com/811 or call811.com. PSEG Long Island is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (NYSE:PEG), a publicly traded diversified energy company with annual revenues of $9.1 billion.


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