April is Safe Digging Month
Call 811 to have underground utilities located for free -- before you dig!


Contact:
Angie Townsend
919-836-2321


GASTONIA, N.C., (April 21, 2010) - Warmer weather and longer days inspire many homeowners to pull on the gardening gloves and begin planting and plotting new landscaping projects. Whether it’s a do-it-yourself job or requires a professional, make sure to call 811 before any digging work begins.

Call 811 when:
 
  • Installing a mailbox - Excavating a new garden area
  • Putting in a fence - Installing an irrigation system
  • Planting trees or shrubbery - Grading
  • Building a patio or deck

As the national "call before you dig" number, 811 calls are answered in North Carolina by the North Carolina One Call Center, which coordinates with the appropriate utilities to have company-owned underground lines located and marked - all free of charge.

By calling 811, homeowners help keep themselves and their neighbors safe from serious injury and possible service disruption. Last year PSNC Energy responded to more than 700 incidents where the natural gas company’s underground pipeline system had been damaged by a third party. In approximately 37 percent of these cases, the unintentional damage could have been prevented if the pipe had been located and marked before excavation work began.

For more information about working safely around underground pipeline, visit
psncenergy.com/gassafety and for more information about the 811 system and the North Carolina One Call Center, visit www.ncocc.org.  

PSNC Energy, headquartered in Gastonia, N.C., is franchised to serve a 28-county service area in North Carolina. The utility distributes natural gas to more than 475,000 customers in 96 cities and communities, including the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill areas in the north central part of the state; the Concord, Statesville, Gastonia, and Forest City areas in the Piedmont; and the Asheville, Hendersonville, Brevard, and Sylva areas in the western part of the state. More information about PSNC Energy is available through the company's Web site at www.psncenergy.com.
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