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Springtime Reminder: Call Before You Dig for any Home Improvement or Construction Project

  • NJ Law requires notice and markings of underground utility lines beforehand
  • Prevent injuries, property damage, and inconvenient outages
  • South Jersey Gas encourages customers to partner in safety
Folsom, N.J., March 31, 2017 – April is National Safe Digging Month, reminding New Jersey residents to follow the law and always call 8-1-1 at least three days before starting any digging project. National Safe Digging Month is formally recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate and has traditionally earned the support from nearly every state governor across the country.

The national "Call Before You Dig" number, 8-1-1, is a free hotline created to help protect people from unintentionally hitting underground utility lines while working on excavation projects.  Every digging job requires this free call for a mark out– even small projects like planting trees or shrubs. Mark outs are spray painted lines on grass or concrete to designate underground utility infrastructures, such as natural gas, water, communications and electric lines.  If you hit an underground utility line while digging, you can harm yourself or those around you, disrupt service to an entire neighborhood and potentially be responsible for fines and repair costs. 

“Everyone’s safety is paramount to us.  As April marks the traditional start of digging season, we are using this month to strongly encourage customers, area residents, and companies to call 8-1-1 before they lift a shovel,” said Dave Robbins, president of South Jersey Gas. “By calling 8-1-1, utility lines will be marked for free, and homeowners and professionals will make the most important decision to keep themselves and their communities protected.”

Contractors and excavators are invited to a free damage prevention seminar on Friday, April 7 in Westampton, NJ.  The session’s topics include procedures and legal requirements that govern underground facility protection; utility operator and excavator responsibilities; and best practices to follow for safe digging.  Anyone interested in attending can sign up online.

For more information about underground utility safety and safe digging practices, please visit www.southjerseygas.com or www.call811.com.

About South Jersey Gas

South Jersey Gas, subsidiary of South Jersey Industries (NYSE:SJI), delivers safe, reliable, affordable natural gas and promotes energy efficiency to approximately 381,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Salem, and portions of Gloucester, Burlington and Camden counties in New Jersey. Visit www.southjerseygas.com to learn more about South Jersey Gas and its programs.

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