ATLANTA – April 5, 2021 – To help keep springtime outdoor projects running smoothly and safely, Atlanta Gas Light is reminding the community during April, Safe Digging Month, that do-it-yourself homeowners and professional excavators alike are required by law to call 811 before digging on any property.
“We put safety first as we provide our customers with the comforts of natural gas, but we can’t do it alone,” said Tiffany Callaway-Ferrell, vice president of operations at Atlanta Gas Light. “By identifying the location of the underground infrastructure in your area before starting a new project, you can do your part to stay safe and protect our state.”
Even simple projects such as gardening and landscaping can be dangerous and disruptive when digging with utility cables and pipes underground. Atlanta Gas Light emphasizes the importance of contacting 811 to have underground infrastructure located before the start of any digging project. This includes fence installation, driveway or sidewalk paving, building a home addition or installing a pool. The requirement to call 811 also applies before clearing a sewer line, tunneling, grading, boring, blasting or similar work.
Atlanta Gas Light has approximately 34,000 miles of natural gas infrastructure throughout Georgia. In addition to those lines, there are underground communications cables, electric, water and sewer lines and other utility lines on every property. Knowing where underground infrastructure is before putting a shovel in the dirt helps prevent injuries, property damage and inconvenient service outages.
To help ensure communities stay safe and connected, Atlanta Gas Light offers the following safe digging guidelines:
The company also provides a fun, interactive way for parents and their children to learn about natural gas safety with its digital Safe Digging Arcade. The arcade uses science, engineering, technology and math puzzles and games to educate children about how their families can stay safe and avoid damaging a utility line when digging around their homes.
Atlanta Gas Light is one of four 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 and southerncompanygas.com.
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 4.2 million natural gas utility customers through its regulated distribution companies in four states with approximately 700,000 retail customers through its companies that market natural gas. 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 southerncompanygas.com.
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