ATLANTA – Aug. 11, 2017 – Keeping families safe and natural gas flowing to homes and businesses is Atlanta Gas Light’s highest priority. That’s why on National 811 Day, Atlanta Gas Light is joining other utility companies, one-call centers, damage prevention advocates and professional contractors in an effort to raise awareness of calling 8-1-1.
Each year, Aug. 11 (8/11) serves as a reminder to the public to call 8-1-1 before starting an outdoor digging project, such as putting in a mailbox, planting a flowerbed and building a deck. Dialing 8-1-1 prevents injuries, property damages and inconvenient outages.
When making the free call to 8-1-1, homeowners and contractors are connected to the one call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies (natural gas, electric, water, sewer, telephone and cable lines) 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, digging can begin.
Atlanta Gas Light is providing the following safe digging guidelines for homeowners and contractors:
For information about natural gas safety, visit www.atlantagaslight.com.
About Atlanta Gas Light
Atlanta Gas Light is one of seven natural gas distribution companies of Southern Company Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO). Atlanta Gas Light provides natural gas delivery service to more than 1.6 million customers in Georgia. In operation since 1856, the company is one of the oldest corporations in the state. For more information, visit atlantagaslight.com.
About Southern Company Gas
Southern Company Gas is a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE:SO), America’s premier energy company. Southern Company Gas serves approximately 4.6 million natural gas utility customers through its regulated distribution companies in seven states and more than 1 million retail customers through its companies that market natural gas and related home services. Other nonutility businesses include investments in interstate pipelines, asset management for natural gas wholesale customers and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. For more information, visit Southern Company Gas at southerncompanygas.com.
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