April Is Safe Digging Month; Dominion Virginia Power Reminds You To Call 811
- Avoid injury, property damage caused by digging into underground utilities
- Miss Utility provides no-cost service to mark underground lines
- Allow time for lines to be marked before starting to dig
RICHMOND, Va., April 2, 2013
RICHMOND, Va., April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --As April brings warm weather and
outdoor chores, Dominion Virginia Power reminds Virginians to call Miss
Utility at 811 before digging on their property to avoid injuries and service
disruptions from damage to underground utility lines.
"Play it safe and let Miss Utility check for underground lines before you
start digging on your property," said Rodney Blevins, vice president for
distribution operations. "Even if you don't think there are underground lines
in the work area, call 811 first."
April is National Safe Digging Month. Remember to dig with "CARE:" Call Miss
Utility at 811 before you dig. Allow time for marking. Respect and protect
the marks. Excavate carefully.
"One split second decision is all it takes to cause serious injury or even
death," said Courtney Malveaux, Commissioner of the Virginia Department of
Labor and Industry. "I want all workers to go safely home to their families
every night. I ask all workers in Virginia to think before they dig and call
Popular do-it-yourself projects that involve outdoor digging include planting
gardens, shrubs and trees; building patios; installing fencing; and removing
tree stumps and old structures. In Virginia, calling 811 will reach Miss
Utility of Virginia, the state's one-call notification center. A
representative will be sent to the caller's property at no charge to mark the
underground utility lines by means of paint, stakes, flags or a combination of
the three. Watch a video explaining how to use Miss Utility:
Miss Utility's hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
excluding legal state and national holidays. Emergency notification service is
available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Information is available at
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of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 27,500 megawatts of generation.
Dominion operates one of the nation's largest underground natural gas storage
systems and serves retail energy customers in 15 states. For more information
about Dominion, visit the company's website at www.dom.com.
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