LANDING, N.J. (April 7, 2016) – April is National Safe Digging Month and
knowing what’s below is as easy as 8-1-1. Atlantic City Electric reminds
residents to be safe and call 8-1-1 before beginning any outdoor construction
projects and/or large gardening and landscaping
projects that involve digging.
8-1-1 is the nationally recognized “Call Before You Dig”
phone number designated to help minimize damage to underground utilities by
identifying areas for safe digging. One free call to 811 connects you to New
Jersey One Call, which notifies the
appropriate utility companies of your intent to dig. Professional locators are
then sent to the requested digging site to mark the locations of underground
lines with flags, stakes and/or spray paint. Residents and contractors should
call 8-1-1 at least three days in advance of starting a project.
utility locating service is free, and simply calling 8-1-1 will bring someone
to your home or business to mark all underground utilities so you will be able
to dig safely,” said Vince Maione, Atlantic City Electric region president. “Calling
8-1-1 before digging will help you avoid fines and more importantly, knowing where
it’s safe to dig will help prevent an accident.”
clear of overhead utility lines when carrying long or tall items, such as
ladders, scaffolding, tree trimming tools and pool cleaning equipment by
holding these items parallel to the ground. Please remember to look up before
raising a ladder or similar object to be sure it’s clear of overhead wires. Touching
a power line with any part of the body or most objects can result in serious
injury or even death. Electricity can move through conductive materials such as
water, metal, wood, aluminum, string and plastic. Certain critical clearances
are required by law, and a minimum of 10 feet must be maintained when working
near power lines.
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