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April Is National Safe Digging Month as Spring Projects Take Hold

Apr 11, 2019

Call 811 Before Digging, It’s the Law


Did you know that, nationwide, an underground utility line is damaged every six minutes because of digging in an unmarked area? The risk of injury or even death is serious, and the potential costs of repair, fines and service loss are high.

April is National Safe Digging Month, and National Grid is urging the public to call 811 before doing any outside ground work. Calling 811 is the law, and it prevents serious personal injury, property damage and service interruptions caused by accidentally digging into electric, gas, telephone, water, sewer or cable facilities.

Dig Safely New York, the service behind 811, provides a single point of contact to notify National Grid and other utilities of planned digging, drilling or blasting. The utilities will clearly mark their buried pipes and lines prior to the start of excavation to ensure customer safety and to prevent damage. Dig Safely New York service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to receive calls regarding planned excavations. The call is simple and the service is free.

To further protect excavators, utilities, and the public from the hazards associated with excavation-related accidents, effective May 4, New York State law will require any local government or operator that contracts for excavation to ensure that the excavator has completed an approved training and education program.

National Grid also advises taking these precautions to protect underground energy services:

  • Never permit anyone to dig near your underground energy sources.
  • Do not plant trees, bushes or shrubs near buried utilities, especially electricity and natural gas.
  • Never allow children to dig anywhere near underground natural gas or electricity lines.
  • Protect the markers provided by Dig Safely New York so that contractors can clearly identify potential hazards.
  • Once a project is complete, remove and discard any marking flags or other devices to ensure they aren’t improperly reused.

About National Grid

National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is an electricity, natural gas, and clean energy delivery company serving more than 20 million people through our networks in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. We are the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast. National Grid also operates the systems that deliver gas and electricity across Great Britain.

National Grid is transforming our electricity and natural gas networks with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions to meet the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050. Our Northeast 80×50 Pathway is an industry leading analysis for how to reach that goal in the states we serve, focusing on the power generation, heat, and transportation sectors.

Read more about National Grid’s vision to accelerate the transition to a decarbonized economy and rebuild opportunity for America’s working families in The Clean Energy Promise, an eBook written by National Grid’s U.S. president, Dean Seavers.

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