For Immediate Release
D.C. - April is National Safe Digging Month, and to stay away from underground
utility lines Pepco urges customers to call 811, the phone number to the underground
utility locating service. The 811 service was created by the Common Ground
Alliance (CGA), which works with all industry stakeholders to prevent damage to
underground utility infrastructure such as gas and electric lines and to ensure
public safety and environmental protection.
planting shrubbery or installing a fence, deck or mailboxes call 811 for the
safety of family and neighbors and to avoid fines and repair costs. By law, the
underground utility locating service must be called at least two days in
advance of digging.
free nationwide service was established to avoid digging accidents that could
result in serious injury or death," said Donna Cooper president Pepco Region. "When
811 is called from anywhere in the District of Columbia or Maryland, the call
is routed to a local operator who will send a locator to mark the approximate
site of underground utility lines so the caller will know what's below and will
be able to dig safely."
for anyone working outdoors, Pepco urges they avoid power lines when carrying
long or tall items, such as ladders, scaffolding, tree saws and pool cleaning
equipment by holding them parallel to the ground. Remember to look up before raising any long or
tall objects to ensure they are clear of any overhead wires. Electricity can
move through conductive materials such as water, metal, wood, aluminum, string
and plastics. Certain critical clearances are required by law and a minimum of
10 feet must be maintained when working near power lines.
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