Georgia Power marks National 811 Day

                     Georgia Power marks National 811 Day

Dialing 811 helps keep workers safe, improves efficiency and is the law in

PR Newswire

ATLANTA, Aug. 9, 2013

ATLANTA, Aug. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --As utilities and companies across the
country mark National 811 Day on August 11, Georgia Power reminds Georgians
that making a simple, free call before digging can not only keep workers safe
and projects on time and on budget – it's also the law in Georgia. According
to the Georgia 811 Utilities Protection Center, failure to call before digging
results in more than 200,000 unintentional contacts with underground lines
annually across the country, or once every three minutes.

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The "Call Before You Dig" law requires that, before beginning any mechanized
digging or excavation project, workers must contact Georgia 811 to have all
underground utility lines (often including power, communications, gas and
water lines) marked. Having the location of underground infrastructure marked
helps prevent unintended service disruptions, injuries to workers, possible
repair costs and fines. The law applies to individuals working on smaller
projects, as well as large contractors and companies.

"The Georgia 811 program is an incredibly useful and important tool for all
Georgians," said Danny Lindsey, vice president of transmission for Georgia
Power. "At Georgia Power, we encourage our customers to contact Georgia 811
not only before they dig, but also if they are going to be working within 10
feet of an overhead electrical line carrying more than 750 volts as the
service can help coordinate safeguards for working around these lines." 

Notification must be made at least 48 hours, but no more than 10 working days,
in advance of any mechanized digging or excavation work. Georgia residents
can call 8-1-1 or (800)-282-7411, or make a request electronically at Once a request is made, Georgia 811 will notify affected
member utility companies, which will send a professional technician to
identify and mark the location of underground lines with colored paint or

Although not required by law, Georgians can also contact Georgia 811 in
advance of smaller, non-mechanized digging projects around the home such as
installing a fence, building a deck, installing a swing set or planting trees.
The service can help homeowners ensure that projects are safe and located an
appropriate distance from underground utilities.

About Georgia Power
Georgia Power is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), one of
the nation's largest generators of electricity. Value, Reliability, Customer
Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.4
million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to
delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the
national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix
that includes nuclear, 21st century coal and natural gas, as well as
renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Consistently recognized as
a leader in customer service, Georgia Power was recently ranked highest in
overall business customer satisfaction among large utilities in the South by
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