Dig Safely New York to celebrate safety, education, community today

Dig Safely New York to celebrate safety, education, community today

Atmos Energy wants to thank homeowners and excavators alike for observing the law and keeping our communities safe by always calling 811 before digging. "The number-one cause of underground utility damage is not digging properly".

Any project that includes digging or excavation should be preceded by an 811 call.

August 11 is chosen as the initiative's date as residents should always dial 811 to request that underground utility lines be marked before any digging takes place.

Striking an underground electric or natural gas pipe can cause serious injury, damages and service interruptions.

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.

-Allow the required time for marking: Before digging, customers are urged to call 8-1-1, and wait the required time to have underground utility lines marked.

The commission routinely monitors the utilities' gas emergency plans to make sure that they are up to date, to identify improvement areas, and to ensure that the plans are in compliance with the commission's gas safety requirements, they said in their release. Headquartered in East Syracuse, our Customer Service Representatives in our East Syracuse and Latham call centers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to receive calls regarding planned excavations. "Calling 811 before you dig is the law".

The ground beneath us is crisscrossed with vital underground utilities. Professional locators are then sent to the digging site to mark the locations of underground utility-owned lines with flags and spray paint, free of charge. 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.

A free call to MISS DIG 8-1-1 at 8-1-1 or online at http://elocate.missdig811.org at least three business days before digging will help ensure the safety of those performing the work and the integrity of underground utilities such as natural gas, electric, cable and water.

811 can be called from anywhere in the country.

Calling New York 811 automatically connects you to the New York One-Call Center, which collects information about your digging project.

Property owners and excavators must maintain and respect the marks. For more information, visit call811.com. The company also has an estimated annual economic impact of $5 billion of output in its service area, supporting more than 9,500 local jobs and producing $923 million in labor income.



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