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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...

2010-06-17 13:07:00

OAK BROOK, Ill., June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- ComEd today issued a reminder to contractors to always call before starting excavation work that could dig into electrical and other utility lines. Yesterday in Oak Brook, a dig-in by a non-ComEd contractor disabled an underground power line that caused an outage to 908 customers in Oak Brook and Westmont. ComEd noted that such dig-ins are preventable but all too common. In 2009, ComEd's northern Illinois service territory averaged more than one...

2010-06-07 07:10:00

ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the nation's leading organization dedicated to protecting underground utility lines and the safety of people who dig near them, today announced a partnership with The Home Depot to educate customers on the importance of calling prior to digging. Results from a recent national survey that found more than half (57 percent) of Americans who plan to dig on their property this year will not notify their local...

2010-06-01 15:01:00

DETROIT, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- As the tree planting and landscaping season gets under way, DTE Energy subsidiary Detroit Edison is encouraging customers to plant trees that will not grow into and interfere with power lines and underground transformers. Planting the right trees or shrubs in the right spot may prevent the need for trimming or possible removal in the future. Planting in the proper location also may help reduce the possibility of storm-related power outages. "Detroit...

2010-04-28 14:29:00

DETROIT, April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- As another Michigan planting season gets under way, DTE Energy reminds customers to watch for power lines overhead and utility lines underground when working near the house or out in the field. Staying safe around power lines "Operating large farm equipment near electrical lines and poles requires extra care," said Vince Dow, DTE Energy vice president of Distribution Operations. "When using elevated truck beds, raised conveyors and other large folding...

2010-04-12 15:28:00

HOUSTON, April 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CenterPoint Energy is partnering with the Common Ground Alliance and the Railroad Commission of Texas to commemorate April as National Safe Digging Month which is dedicated to increasing awareness of safe digging practices. Throughout the busy digging month of April, when the potential for underground utility damages increases, homeowners and contractors are reminded that one free call to 811 before digging can prevent injuries, property damage,...

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...