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National Grid Urges Customers And Communities To Stay Safe This Spring During Sandy Rebuild Projects

National Grid Urges Customers And Communities To Stay Safe This Spring During
                            Sandy Rebuild Projects

Make Safety a Priority: Call New York 811 Before You Dig

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, March 20, 2013

NEW YORK, March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --As communities continue to recover
from Hurricane Sandy, and spring weather brings more rebuilding and outdoor
work by property owners, contractors and excavators, National Grid offers
important safety messages including – Call New York 811 before  you dig!

Many customers experienced significant damage to their homes and businesses as
a result of Sandy. With the arrival of spring and the rebuilding process
picking up, National Grid urges customers to take safety precautions when
conducting demolition work, rebuilding or excavating around natural gas
facilities and underground utilities.

A simple phone call to NY811 (by dialing 811) can prevent serious personal
injury, property damage and service interruptions caused by accidentally
digging into electric, gas, telephone, water, sewer or cable facilities.
Natural gas system incidents caused by dig-ins can cause outages, natural gas
leaks and other emergencies that can be prevented by taking a few precautions
before digging.

NY811 serves as a single point of contact to notify National Grid and other
participating utilities of planned digging. The utilities will clearly mark
their buried facilities prior to the start of excavation to ensure customer
safety and to prevent damage. State law requires contacting NY811 at least two
full working days, but no more than 10 working days, prior to excavation. The
service is provided free of charge.

"In the face of unprecedented damage from Hurricane Sandy we have been with
our customers in the hardest communities providing assistance with plumbing
inspections, heating assistance and grants for residences and businesses to
help these communities get back on their feet," said Ken Daly, President,
National Grid New York. "As warmer weather arrives and rebuilding activity in
these areas increases, we remind customers to work safely and call NY811 to
have underground utility facilities marked out before beginning any demolition
or construction work."

National Grid also offers these safety precautions:

  oIf demolition is required prior to rebuilding, your gas service will need
    to be turned off prior to beginning work. Customers in Brooklyn, Queens
    and Staten Island can call National Grid at 718-643-4050 and on Long
    Island and the Rockaways at 1-800-930-5003.
  oIf you have natural gas service, make sure that the vent line on your
    appliances (dryer, water heater, heating equipment) is properly connected
    to the outside and is not disturbed by your repair work.
  oIf you have natural gas service, protect the gas meter and service lines
    from falling debris. If you are not sure about how to protect the
    equipment call National Grid for assistance, in some cases this may
    require temporary interruption of service until the work is complete.
    Customers in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island can call National Grid at
    718-643-4050 and on Long Island and the Rockaways at 1-800-930-5003.
  oIf your appliances have been in contact with water, please contact a
    licensed plumbing or heating contractor to make sure the appliances are
    safe to operate.
  oNever permit anyone to dig near your underground energy sources.
  oDo not plant trees, bushes or shrubs near a natural gas line.
  oNever dig anywhere near underground natural gas lines.

NATIONAL GRID

National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE:NGG) is an electricity and gas company that
connects consumers to energy sources through its networks. The company is at
the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society - to create
new, sustainable energy solutions for the future and developing an energy
system that underpins economic prosperity in the 21st century. National Grid
holds a vital position at the center of the energy system and it 'joins
everything up'.

In the northeast US, we connect more than seven million gas and electric
customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern lifestyles. In
Great Britain, we run the gas and electricity systems that our society is
built on, delivering gas and electricity across the country.

National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in
Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. It manages the electricity network
on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA),
and owns over 3,800 megawatts of contracted electricity generation, providing
power to over one million LIPA customers. It is the largest distributor of
natural gas in the northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million
customers in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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SOURCE National Grid

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