Atlanta Gas Light Promotes Safe Digging on National 8/11 Day Planning to dig? Call 8-1-1 first!
August 8, 2013
ATLANTA – Aug. 8, 2013 – On Aug.11, Atlanta Gas Light is reminding homeowners and professional contractors of the importance of calling 8-1-1 before any outdoor digging project, big or small, to help prevent serious injury, costly property damage and inconvenient utility service interruptions.
The date coincides with National 8/11 Day, a convenient way to promote safe digging and the use of the 8-1-1 hotline, a free service that protects underground utility lines and the residents digging near them.
To help promote awareness about the day and safe digging, Atlanta Gas Light has launched a fun photo campaign for employees, which involves taking photos that display the 811 logo in various and unanticipated ways.
“While August 11 is a great calendar reminder of the importance of calling 8-1-1, we work year-round to promote safe digging practices around underground facilities,” said Bryan Batson, president of Atlanta Gas Light. “We believe that making a quick and easy call can help maintain safe, reliable service and protect our customers, employees and the communities we serve.”
When calling 8-1-1, residents are connected to their local one-call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of the intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with color-coded spray paint, flags or stakes that correspond to the utility. The color used for natural gas is yellow.
Once lines have been accurately marked, residents are urged to use the appropriate methods, which may include hand tools, to dig carefully around or near underground facilities, such as water, cable, telephone and electric lines.
If a natural gas line is accidentally damaged or the distinct odor of gas is present, call Atlanta Gas Light at 1-877-427-4321 from a safe location.
For more information about safe digging, visit www.atlantagaslight.com/Safety.
About Atlanta Gas Light
Atlanta Gas Light, a wholly owned subsidiary of AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS), provides natural gas delivery service to more than 1.5 million customers in Georgia. In operation since 1856, the company is one of the oldest corporations in the state. For more information, visit www.atlantagaslight.com.
About AGL Resources
AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS) is an Atlanta-based energy services holding company with operations in natural gas distribution, retail operations, wholesale services, midstream operations and cargo shipping. AGL Resources serves approximately 4.5 million utility customers through its regulated distribution subsidiaries in seven states. The company also serves approximately 630,000 retail energy customers and approximately 1.2 million customer service contracts through its SouthStar Energy Services joint venture and Pivotal Home Solutions, which market natural gas and related home services. Other non-utility businesses include asset management for natural gas wholesale customers through Sequent Energy Management, ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities, and ownership of Tropical Shipping, one of the largest containerized cargo carriers serving the Bahamas and Caribbean region. AGL Resources is a member of the S&P 500 Index.
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Kristie Swink Benson