April is New Jersey Underground Damage Prevention Month
PSE&G reminds everyone to Dial 811 to Call Before You Dig
NEWARK, N.J., April 16, 2013
NEWARK, N.J., April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --April is NJ Underground Damage
Prevention Month, and Public Service Electric & Gas Company is reminding
customers, contractors and excavators that they must call before digging to
avoid hitting underground gas and electric lines. To make it easy to call, 811
has been designated as the national dialing code to have underground lines
located and marked.
When you call 811, you are automatically connected to the New Jersey one-call
center, which collects information about your digging project. The one-call
center then provides the information to the utility companies, who will send
representatives to mark the locations of underground lines in the immediate
vicinity of the planned work location with flags, paint or both. Once lines
have been properly marked and your locate request becomes valid, you are free
to carefully dig around the marked areas.
Every digging project, even a small project like planting a tree or building a
deck, requires a call to 811.
The call must be made whether you are hiring a professional or planning to do
the job yourself. Striking a single line can cause outages and result in
repair costs and fines.
Here's important information to consider:
oUnderground gas and electric lines are everywhere, even on private
properties. You can easily damage them if you don't know where they are,
with the potential to seriously injure yourself or others. Digging into
these lines also can disrupt the vital utility services and result in
costly delays, expensive repairs and environmental or property damage.
oWhether planning a major home improvement project or installing something
as simple as a fence or mailbox post, a call must be placed beforehand to
know where it's safe to dig.
oCall 811 or 1-800-272-1000 at least four business days before each job to
have underground pipes, wires and equipment located. Utility workers will
respond and place markers where utility lines are buried, free of charge.
oBe sure to wait three full business days after calling before doing any
digging. Don't dig until lines have been marked.
oProperty owners must maintain and respect the marks. Always hand dig
within two feet of marked lines.
oIf you accidentally damage gas piping or smell gas when excavating, please
call 911 immediately from a safe area. Then call the "PSE&G, Police and
Fire Emergency line" at 1-800-880-7734 (PSEG).
oCall before you dig is more than a good idea — it's the law.
Additional information, including a damage prevention booklet on safe
excavating practices and the protection of underground facilities, can be
found online at: http://www.pseg.com/call811
Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) is New Jersey's oldest and
largest regulated gas and electric delivery utility, serving nearly
three-quarters of the state's population. PSE&G is the winner of the
ReliabilityOne Award for superior electric system reliability. PSE&G is a
subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG) (NYSE: PEG),
a diversified energy company (www.pseg.com).
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SOURCE Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G)
Contact: Kristine Snodgrass, 973 430 7734, For customers & others, 800 436
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