Company reminds customers to call 811 before you dig
This April marks the 11th annual National Safe Digging Month, and Delmarva Power reminds all customers and contractors to call 811 to have underground lines marked before digging. Nationwide, every nine minutes there is damage to an underground utility line because of digging without first calling 811, according to the Common Ground Alliance, the national association that promotes the 811p hone number and safe digging practices.
Striking an underground electric or natural gas pipe can cause serious injury, damages and service interruptions. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call to 811. Installing a mailbox, building a deck, planting a tree and laying a patio are all examples of digging projects where a call to 811 should be one of the first steps.
Delmarva Power has more than 6,000 miles of underground electric lines in Delaware and Maryland and more than 3,300 miles of natural gas distribution mains and distribution service lines buried throughout New Castle County, Delaware. Last year, more than 300 of Delmarva Power’s underground electric and gas lines were struck by preventable dig-ins, which could have been avoided by calling 811. Properly locating underground lines is essential to safely completing any digging job.
When calling 811 at least two business days prior to digging, customers and contractors are connected to Miss Utility to provide information about their project. Miss Utility will notify Delmarva Power and all member utilities of your plan to dig. The utilities will then mark their underground facilities.
Once lines are located, excavators also must understand the markings and look for evidence of unmarked lines, such as water and sewer lines on private property. Sewer clean-outs and water valve covers are examples of equipment that can indicate the presence of underground lines.
Delmarva Power joins the Exelon family of companies in marking National Safe Digging Month and is a member of the Common Ground Alliance to share best practices to promote safe excavation and lower instances of damage to underground lines.
For information on digging safely, including how to get lines marked and what to do after lines are marked, watch Delmarva Power’s Safe Digging video. You can also get more information on safe digging by visiting Delmarva Power’s websitewww.delmarva.com or by calling Delmarva Power at 1-800-375-7117.