Cayce, S.C. (April 19, 2016) – April is National Safe Digging Month, and SCE&G reminds businesses and individuals to contact South Carolina 811 three full business days before digging so underground utility lines can be marked.
A utility line is damaged once every six minutes somewhere in the United States because of digging at an unmarked site. Digging into utility lines can cause injuries, fines, traffic delays or inconvenient outages, but having lines marked before digging can prevent these problems.
There are three ways to contact South Carolina 811 to submit a utility marking request:
When a request is received, South Carolina 811 notifies the appropriate utility companies, and professional locators are dispatched to mark underground lines with flags, paint or both. Utilities have three full working days, beginning the first working day after the notice is given, to mark the area requested for their underground utilities or notify the excavator of no conflict in that area.
“Spring is a popular time for construction activity and outdoor projects, and many of those involve digging,” said Felicia Howard, vice president of gas operations for SCE&G. “Even if it’s something as simple as planting a tree or installing a mailbox, having your utilities marked before you dig can keep you safe and save you a lot of trouble in the long run.”
If you accidently damage an underground utility, find a safe place and then call 911 and the utility company as soon as possible. About SCE&G
South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 698,000 customers in 24 counties in the central, southern and southwestern portions of South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 347,000 customers in 38 counties in the state.