To Ensure Safety, Call 8-1-1 Before You Dig

May 14, 2010

CLEVELAND, May 14 /PRNewswire/ — To ensure public safety, state law requires homeowners and excavating contractors to call the Ohio Utilities Protection Service, (OUPS), toll-free, at either 8-1-1 or 1-800-362-2764, at least two working days before digging. This call can prevent accidental dig-ins, a major cause of utility line damage, and avoid the risk of fire and other potentially dangerous consequences.

State law requires customers and contractors to call OUPS at least two working days, but not more than ten working days before digging. OUPS will alert Dominion and other participating utilities of customers’ plans to dig. OUPS will ask these utilities to mark the approximate location of their underground gas lines and utility cables so that customers or contractors won’t find them by accident. Also, for safety’s sake, customers and contractors should only dig around utility lines by hand.

Some cable television or water companies are not part of this service. Customers would need to contact those companies on their own. Knowing the location of these utility lines will help customers avoid costly damage or loss of service for themselves or their neighbors.

For more natural gas safety information, visit www.dom.com/about/safety/contractor-safety.jsp or www.domsafety.com or www.safegasohio.org .

Dominion (NYSE: D) is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of more than 27,500 megawatts of generation. Dominion operates the nation’s largest natural gas storage systems and serves retail energy customers in 12 states. For more information about Dominion, visit the company’s Web site at www.dom.com.

SOURCE Dominion East Ohio

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