Jake Rubin Calling 811 Before You Dig Can Save Lives

A utility line is damaged by digging once every three minutes nationwide.  One-third of these incidents are caused by failure to call 811 before beginning a digging project.

America’s natural gas utilities urge you to call 811 before you dig.

This April marks the fifth annual National Safe Digging Month, an initiative put in place by the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) to remind professionals and homeowners of the importance of following safe digging procedures.  AGA has been a proud sponsor of the CGA ever since its inception in 2000. AGA member utilities are committed to promoting safe digging practices to help ensure public safety.

Throughout the month, your local natural gas utilities and others will be raising awareness in your community about the importance of safe digging.

When calling 811, the individual is automatically connected to the local one-call center which collects information about the digging project. The one-call center then transmits this information to the appropriate utility companies who will send representatives to mark the locations of underground lines in the immediate vicinity of the planned work location.

Additional information can be found at http://www.call811.com/

Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and outages. Every digging project – even small projects like installing a mailbox, building a deck or planting a tree or garden – warrants a call to 811.

Jake Rubin

About Jake Rubin

Jake Rubin is AGA's Director, Public Relations and Executive Communications. Prior to coming to AGA, Jake was Press Secretary for Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND). He has worked as a communications strategist for a Congressman, advocacy organizations and political campaigns at every level. Jake holds a B.A. in American Studies with a minor in Journalism from Brandeis University. He earned his M.A. in Political Management from George Washington University. You can follow him on twitter @aga_jake
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