Safe digging is no accident: Call 8-1-1 before digging
ATLANTA — August 9, 2012 — Drop those shovels, do-it-yourselfers!
Saturday – 8/11 – Atlanta Gas Light is reminding everyone to call Georgia 811 at 8-1-1 prior to starting any outdoor digging projects, such as putting in a mailbox, planting a flowerbed and building a deck.
The Call-Before-You-Dig hotline reminder coincides with National 811 Day, a day designated to promote awareness of buried utility lines and the use of the free locating service to ensure public safety and continuity of service.
“Even relatively minor do-it-yourself jobs such as installing a fence and planting a tree can damage a pipeline and result in costly damages, possible injury and service interruption,” said Steve Lindsey, president, Atlanta Gas Light. “Making a quick and easy call can help maintain safe, reliable service and protect homeowners from the potential danger and responsibility of damaging underground gas pipes or other utilities.”
Nationwide, one-third of damages to utility lines are caused by failure of a professional excavator or homeowner to have utility lines marked.
When calling 8-1-1, homeowners are connected to Georgia 811, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of the intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags or spray paint. Once lines have been accurately marked, residents can begin their digging project.
Visit www.georgia811.com for more information about 8-1-1 and the call-before-you-dig process.
About Atlanta Gas Light
Atlanta Gas Light, a wholly owned subsidiary of AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS), provides natural gas delivery service to more than 1.5 million customers in Georgia. In operation since 1856, the company is one of the oldest corporations in the state. For more information, visit www.atlantagaslight.com.
About AGL Resources
AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS) is an Atlanta-based energy services holding company with operations in natural gas distribution, retail operations, wholesale services, midstream operations and cargo shipping. As the nation’s largest natural gas-only distributor based on customer count, AGL Resources serves approximately 4.5 million utility customers through its regulated distribution subsidiaries in seven states. The company also serves more than 1 million retail customers through its SouthStar Energy Services joint venture and Nicor National, which markets natural gas and related home services. Other non-utility businesses include asset management for natural gas wholesale customers through Sequent Energy Management, ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities, and ownership of Tropical Shipping, one of the largest containerized cargo carriers serving the Bahamas and Caribbean region. AGL Resources is a member of the S&P 500 Index. For more information, visit www.aglresources.com.
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Kristie Swink Benson