The New York State Public Service Commission, to encourage residents and excavators to dig safely, today joined a statewide effort to recognize Aug. 11 as national "811 Day" to remind New York residents to always dial 811 to request underground utility lines be marked before any digging
"The Public Service Commission wants to raise awareness of the importance of always dialing 811 prior to any digging projects," Commission Chair Audrey Zibelman said. "Damage to underground utility facilities during excavation can result in loss of utility service, personal injury and property damage."
In addition to participating in the national 811 Dig Safely Day, Safe Digging Month program, and Dig Safely New York, the commission's staff works diligently to enforce its gas safety regulations, which are among the most stringent in the nation, to ensure utility companies adhere to them regarding the safe operation of the utility's gas distribution system. To continue to improve gas safety, the commission routinely monitors the utilities' gas emergency plans to make sure they are up to date, to identify improvement areas, and to ensure the plans are incompliance with the commission's gas safety requirements.
Regional Events to Promote Dig Safely Day:
•Western New York: Dig Safely New York has partnered with Pole Position Raceway to race to safety. Discounted races will be offered Aug. 11 in celebration of 811 Day. A Dig Safely New York representative will be at Buffalo's Walden Galleria location from 4-6 p.m. to hand out information and promotional items. The track will be open from noon to 10 p.m.
For more information about events going on around the state for 811 Day, visit http://www.digsafelyny.com/news/811-day-august-11-2016-activities. For information about Dig Safely New York, go to http://www.digsafelynewyork.com/ or call 315-437-7394. For information about New York 811, visit http://newyork-811.com/ or call 1-800-272-4480. For more information on 811, visit http://call811.com/.