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2011-04-07 07:15:00

DEBARY, Fla., April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued a proclamation declaring April as Safe Digging Month in Florida. The proclamation reminds Florida's homeowners to call 811 before starting any outdoor digging projects. April marks the start of spring digging season. Sunshine State One Call of Florida, Inc. (SSOCOF) and Gov. Scott encourage homeowners to call 811 two full business days before digging. A utility line is damaged by digging once every three minutes...

2011-03-31 08:00:00

NEW YORK, March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Before you reach for that shovel to start digging, remember to call 811, the free, national call-before-you-dig number, to ensure your buried utility lines are marked. For the third consecutive year, Verizon is supporting April as National Safe Digging Month to bring attention to the importance of calling 811. Verizon joins the Common Ground Alliance and its 1,400 members across the U.S. to highlight 811, which was established in 2005 by the...

2011-03-30 10:00:00

WASHINGTON, March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the organization dedicated to protecting underground utility lines and the safety of people who dig near them, today announced results from a recent survey that found 49 percent of Americans who plan to dig this year will put their community's safety at risk by not calling 811 to learn the approximate location of underground utilities. There are more than 100 billion feet of underground utilities in the United...

2010-08-09 07:15:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- A recent report released by the Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the leading association dedicated to protecting underground utility lines and the safety of the people who dig near them, indicated an underground utility line is damaged during digging projects once every three minutes in the United States. The same report found that 34 percent of underground utility lines are damaged because this free phone call was never made. With Aug. 11 almost here, CGA...

2010-07-26 06:00:00

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., July 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Aug. 11 - or 8-11 - provides a natural reminder to call 811 to have underground utility lines marked before starting any project that involves digging. When calling 811, callers are connected to their local one-call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of the intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate location of underground lines. "Every digging project, no...

2010-04-02 07:15:00

DEBARY, Fla., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Sunshine State One Call (SSOCOF) today announced results from a recent survey that found more than half (57 percent) of Americans who plan to dig on their property this year do not plan to notify their local call-before-you-dig center by calling 811. Digging without knowing where underground utilities are located can cause serious injuries, service disruptions and repair costs if a line is damaged. In Florida, calling 811 is free and it connects you...

2010-04-01 15:35:00

NEW YORK, April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- For the second consecutive year, Verizon joins the Common Ground Alliance and its 1,400 members across the U.S. to recognize April as National Safe Digging Month. The month is dedicated to bringing attention to the importance of calling before digging and increasing the public's awareness of 811, the national, free call-before-you-dig number. A key goal of Safe Digging Month is to increase the number of people who call 811, which was established in 2005 by...

2010-04-01 07:20:00

WASHINGTON, April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the international organization dedicated to protecting underground utility lines and the safety of people who dig near them, today announced results from a recent survey that found more than half (57 percent) of Americans who plan to dig on their property this year do not plan to notify their local call-before-you-dig center by dialing 811. Digging without knowing the approximate location of underground utilities can...

2009-08-06 14:25:00

CLEVELAND, Aug. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- With Aug. 11 approaching, Dominion East Ohio hopes this date on the calendar, 8/11, will serve as a natural reminder for customers to call 811 prior to any digging project to have underground utility lines marked. Failure to call before digging results in more than 250,000 unintentional hits annually throughout the United States. When calling 811, homeowners are connected to the Ohio Utility Protection Service (OUPS), the local one-call center,...

2009-05-06 14:39:00

PSE&G reminds everyone to Dial 811 to Call Before You Dig NEWARK, N.J., May 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- May is NJ Underground Damage Prevention Month, and PSE&G is reminding customers, contractors and excavators that they must call before digging to avoid hitting underground gas and electric lines. To make it easy to call, 811 has been designated as the national dialing code to have underground lines located and marked. Here's important information to consider: Underground gas and...