The Lifestyle Source - Summer 2014 - (Page 8)
The Common Ground Alliance reminds us
to always call 811 before digging
SUMMERTIME IS AN EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY for home and business
owners to get outdoors and work on projects such as landscaping. There are
nearly 20 million miles of underground utility lines in the United States. If
you are planning landscaping or home improvement projects this summer
that require digging, even if you plan to hire a professional, a call to 811 is
required before you begin working.
811 is a free, Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) designated national
one-call number that connects a caller
from anywhere in the country to the
appropriate local one-call center. The
one-call center will then alert the appropriate underground facility owners so
they can dispatch locators to mark the
approximate location of their lines with
paint or flags.
The Common Ground Alliance (CGA)
runs this 811 campaign. The organization is run by stakeholders dedicated to
protecting those underground utility lines
and the people who dig near them. In
addition to natural gas, buried facilities
include water, sewer, electric, cable television and high-speed Internet, and they
provide the services Americans depend
on for their basic everyday needs.
Every six minutes, an underground
utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling
811, according to CGA's 2012 Damage
Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) Report.
Unintentionally striking a line can result in
inconvenient outages for entire neighborhoods, harm to yourself or your neighbors,
and potentially high costs for repair.
The good news is that when you call
811 before digging, damage occurs less
than 1 percent of the time, according to
CGA's 2012 DIRT Report. Making one free
call to 811 keeps you and your neighborhood safe and connected.
Every digging project, no matter how
large or small, warrants a call to 811.
Installing a mailbox, building a deck, and
planting a tree or garden are all examples
of digging projects that should only begin
a few days after making a call to 811.
Here's how it works:
1. One free, simple phone call to 811
makes it easy for your local one-call
center to notify all appropriate utility
companies of your intent to dig.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Lifestyle Source - Summer 2014
The Best Way to Grill Comes Naturally
Natural Gas Delivers for America
Know What’s Below
Fuel Up With Natural Gas
Prepare for Hurricane Season
Don’t Fall for Utility Bill Scams
The Lifestyle Source - Summer 2014