GASTONIA, N.C., (Aug. 10, 2011) – Whether it’s a do-it-yourself project or requires a professional, call 811 before any digging work begins on your property – to ensure your safety and prevent service disruption.
Call 811 when:
- Installing a mailbox
- Excavating a new garden area
- Putting in a fence
- Installing an irrigation system
- Planting trees or shrubbery
- Building a patio or deck
- Installing a pool
811 is the national "call before you dig" number. In North Carolina, 811 calls are handled by the NC 811, a non-profit organization. At no cost to the homeowner, NC 811 distributes each locate request to the appropriate member utilities who send out a representative to locate and mark their company’s buried lines using color-coded paint or flags.
- Yellow: natural gas or petroleum pipeline
- Red: electric
- Orange: communications or telephone/CATV
- Blue: potable water
- Green: sewer or drainage
- White: pre-mark site of intended excavation
But don’t wait until the last minute. In North Carolina, utilities have two business days following the day a locate request is received to mark their underground facilities.
For more information about digging safely around underground gas lines, visit www.psncenergy.com/gassafety, and for more information about NC 811, visit NC811.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 480,000 customers in 96 cities and communities, including the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill areas I n 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.