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NYSEG and RG&E Recognize National Call 811 Before You Dig Day on 8/11
One call will get all utilities marked out before excavation begins.

Rochester, NY (August 10, 2011) – NYSEG and RG&E, in conjunction with Dig Safely New York and the Common Ground Alliance, remind residents and contractors to Call 811 Before You Dig as part of the National Call 811 Before You Dig Day being observed Thursday, August 11 (8/11). The organizations hope that the 8/11 date will serve as a natural reminder for contractors and homeowners to call 811 for a stakeout of underground utility facilities prior to any excavation work.

“Contractors are required by law to call 811 - Dig Safely New York - before any excavation work and we strongly encourage do-it-yourselfers who are planning projects like putting up a fence, planting a tree or doing drainage work to call,” said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E. “Hitting an underground natural gas or electric line could have serious consequences. Making this one call is an easy way to help ensure that digging work is done safely.”

The call to Dig Safely New York should be made at least two full days but not more than 10 days before work is to begin. Call Dig Safely New York at 811 or 1.800.962.7962. Or go to www.digsafelynewyork.com.

While planning a project, NYSEG and RG&E also caution contractors and customers to carefully check the work area for other potential hazards such as overhead power lines. “Ladders, gutters and aluminum siding can all conduct electricity. Making contact with a power line with any of these items could be fatal,” Lynch said.

For more information, visit nyseg.com or rge.com, click on “Usage and Safety” and then on “Dig
Safely and Look Up.”