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Calling 811 before digging can prevent underground utility damage and keep communities safe
Gastonia, N.C. (April 2, 2018) – As April marks the traditional start of construction activity and outdoor projects, utilities across the nation observe Safe Digging Month to remind the public to call 811 before digging. Calling 811 three business days before the start of a digging project to have buried utility lines marked is the simple, smart and safe thing to do— and it’s also North Carolina State Law.
A national study published in March found that nearly 40 percent of homeowners who plan to dig this year for home improvement projects will not call 811 beforehand, which puts them and their communities at risk. Striking a utility line can result in injuries, service disruptions, fines and costly repair costs. Examples of projects that involve a call to 811 include landscaping, installing a fence or mailbox, planting a tree, building a deck, pond or patio.
“PSNC Energy operates thousands of miles of natural gas infrastructure in North Carolina and the greatest risk to the safety of our system are dig-ins to our lines,” said Scott Swindler, PSNC Energy General Manager of Operations and Maintenance. “Before you or someone you hire starts digging for your next home improvement project, call 811.”
There are three easy ways to contact North Carolina 811 to have buried utility lines located:
When a request is received, North Carolina 811 notifies the appropriate utility companies. Professional locators will then mark the location of the utility lines with flags, paint or both, at no cost. Once all lines are marked, dig carefully with hand tools around the locate marks.
To learn more about safe digging, visit psncenergy.com/safety and NC811.org.
About PSNC Energy
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 565,000 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 psncenergy.com, Twitter, Facebook.