April is National Safe Digging Month
ATLANTA, April 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- With spring here and the ground ready for digging, Atlanta Gas Light is committed to enhancing the safety of homeowners and excavators as they gear up to start outdoor projects. Whether putting in a fence, planting a tree or building a deck, knowing where the utility lines are before you dig helps prevent injuries, property damage and inconvenient utility outages.
Nationwide, an underground utility line is damaged once every six minutes because someone decided to dig without first calling 811, according to Common Ground Alliance. CGA is a national advocacy organization focused on preventing damage to underground infrastructure.
Contacting Georgia 811 notifies the appropriate utility companies of the intent to dig. Utility representatives are then sent free of charge to the requested digging sites to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags or spray paint. If Atlanta Gas Light has natural gas pipelines in the area, their approximate location will be marked with yellow paint and/or flags. Once all lines have been marked, it is important that residents and excavators respect the marks and use the appropriate tools to dig with care and according to legal, safe digging practices. For information on safe digging best practices and other valuable damage prevention information, refer to recommendations outlined by the Common Ground Alliance at commongroundalliance.com/programs/best-practices.
To protect underground utilities and to help ensure that communities stay safe and connected, Atlanta Gas Light is providing homeowners and professional excavators with the following safe digging guidelines:
If a natural gas line is damaged accidentally or the distinctive rotten-egg odor associated with natural gas is present, call 911 or the Atlanta Gas Light 24-hour emergency phone line at 1.877.427.4321 from a safe location. Do not operate any machinery or equipment that might cause a spark or create an open flame.
For more information about natural gas safety, visit atlantagaslight.com.
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