Editorial by National Fuel
In recognition of National 811 Day on Aug. 11, National Fuel reminds homeowners and professional contractors to "Call Before You Dig."
Before starting any excavation projects this year, call 811, a toll-free national phone number, or visit www.call811.com. New York state law requires residents to call 811 prior to digging in order to prevent accidental damage to underground utility lines.
The national 811 phone number connects callers with local One Call Centers. Operators record the excavation locations and notify National Fuel of callers' plans. National Fuel then dispatches professional locators to mark the approximate locations of its lines. This is a free service, and it's an easy way to protect yourself and those around you.
"All excavation projects - even small or shallow digging projects like planting trees and shrubs, or installing a fence or mailbox - require a call," said Emily Ciraolo, spokesperson for National Fuel. "Many of the pipeline leaks and emergencies we respond to each year occur when homeowners and businesses dig on their properties without knowing the location of underground utility lines. These types of accidents can be easily avoided by calling 811 before you dig - anywhere on your property."
The Common Ground Alliance, a national association representing the utility industry and committed to saving lives and preventing damage to underground infrastructure, states:
New York homeowners and contractors should call 811 at least two business days and no more than 10 in advance of the start of their projects.
Along with Call Before You Dig, National Fuel cautions that, if you smell gas, you should act fast and call 1-800-444-3130. Gas leaks can be serious, so if you notice a smell like rotten eggs or suspect a gas leak, leave the premises immediately and then contact the utility. To learn more about natural gas safety, visit www.nationalfuelgas.com/forhome/gassafety.aspx.
National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp. is the utility segment of National Fuel Gas Co., a diversified energy company that is engaged in a number of natural gas-related activities. The utility provides natural gas service to approximately 735,000 customers in Western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania. To learn more about natural gas safety, visit www.NationalFuelGas.com.
To learn more about natural gas safety, visit www.NationalFuelGas.com.