Eversource reminds residents to ‘Call Before You Dig’

Eversource reminds residents to ‘Call Before You Dig’

Record-Journal

With more than 20 million miles of underground utilities in the United States, it’s crucial to know what’s below ground before beginning any excavation work. In recognition of National 8-1-1 Day on Aug. 11, Eversource reminded customers, contractors and excavators to put safety first when starting any digging project, large or small. Whether planting a shrub or installing a pool, calling 8-1-1 to mark underground utilities is a critical step to avoiding injuries and disruptions of utility service, and it’s also the law.

Call Before You Dig governs safe digging practices in Connecticut and offers a one-call system to locate and mark underground facilities that are near proposed excavation areas. By calling 8-1-1, homeowners and contractors are connected with CBYD, which notifies local utilities of any scheduled digging activities. Professionals then visit the property to mark utility-owned underground lines with flags and/or spray paint to indicate areas to be avoided.

Tips to remember include:

- Regardless of the depth of the digging or familiarity with the property, always contact 8-1-1 before starting a project.

- Underground electric, gas, communication and water lines can be located anywhere. Know what’s below to avoid injury and damage to utility lines.

- Whether using power equipment or hand tools such as axes, shovels or posthole diggers, the law requires notifying CBYD at least two business days in advance of a project that requires digging or excavation work.

- Hitting a utility line can lead to injury, repair costs, fines and even service outages.

For more information, visit www.cbyd.com.

– Press Release


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