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August 11 (8/11) is a convenient reminder to call 811 before digging

by on August 11, 2010

Today is 8/11, a good reminder for everyone to call 811 a few days before digging.

It doesn’t matter if your project is something small like planting a shrub or putting in a mailbox, if you’re going to break ground, you should call 811 first.

“AEP and its operating companies are major proponents of 811 because one free call can save our employees and customers time and money, while also protecting them from striking an underground utility line,” said Ann Marie Keifer, manager – Public Safety. “Failure to call before digging results in more than 60,000 unintentional hits annually, and we do not want anyone to become part of the statistic.”

Utility services that your family depends on, such as cable TV, high-speed Internet, landline telephone, electric, gas, water and sewer, are buried underground in many communities. Striking one of these lines can result in inconvenient outages for entire neighborhoods, harm to yourself or someone else, and repair costs.

When you dial 811 at least 48 hours before you plan to start your project, a local one-call center representative will collect your information and notify the affected local utility companies of your intent to dig. A professional locator will then visit the dig site to mark the approximate location of all underground utility lines with spray paint, flags or both.

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