|NORFOLK, Va., May 3
/PRNewswire/ -- Springtime is here and many property owners and
professional contractors are taking advantage of the warm
weather to undertake landscaping and outdoor projects that
require digging or excavating. Virginia Natural Gas urges
landowners and contractors to dial the new toll-free "Call
Before You Dig" hotline, 8-1-1, before beginning a project.
"Exercising caution when digging around gas lines is important
in maintaining safe and reliable gas service," said Robert
Duvall, vice-president of Virginia Natural Gas. "Locating
underground gas lines is a service Virginia Natural Gas provides
free of charge to residents and businesses."
Dialing 8-1-1 will connect callers to the Virginia damage
prevention center. This quick and efficient one call center
notifies the appropriate local utilities, which then send
locators or locate technicians to the requested site to mark the
approximate location of underground lines.
Virginia Natural Gas will mark the
surface locations of buried natural gas service lines at the job
site, which helps prevent liability for damage and fines.
According to Duvall, it is important for residents and
contractors to call before beginning any outdoor project.
"Safety is good business and even small, do-it-yourself jobs
like planting a tree and installing a mailbox should be marked
to prevent possible injury and costly damage," he continued.
Created to eliminate the confusion of multiple "Call Before
You Dig" numbers across the country and to be an
easy-to-remember resource, 8-1-1 will make it easier for
everyone to call before attempting any digging project. The
8-1-1 number was designated by the FCC in 2005 at the direction
of Congress and was officially launched Tuesday, May 1 on the
National Mall in Washington, DC by the
Common Ground Alliance (CGA). CGA
is a member-driven association of nearly 1,400 individuals,
organizations and sponsors in every facet of the underground