8-1-1 Call Before You Dig hotline saves time and money Consumers can call 8-1-1 to prevent damage and injury
May 22, 2008
ATLANTA – May 22, 2008 – Springtime is here and many property owners and professional contractors are taking advantage of the warm weather to undertake landscaping and outdoor projects that require digging or excavating. Atlanta Gas Light urges landowners and contractors to dial the toll-free “Call Before You Dig” hotline, 8-1-1, before beginning a project. About Atlanta Gas Light
“Exercising caution when digging around gas lines is important, not only for personal safety, but also to help us maintain safe and reliable gas service,” said Suzanne Sitherwood, president of Atlanta Gas Light.
Dialing 8-1-1 will connect callers to the Georgia Utilities Protection Center. This quick and efficient one call center notifies the appropriate local utilities, which then send locate technicians to the requested site to mark the approximate location of underground lines. Atlanta Gas Light will mark the surface locations of buried natural gas lines at the job site, which helps prevent damage to those facilities.
According to Sitherwood, it is important for residents and contractors to call before beginning any outdoor project. “Safety is good business and even small, do-it-yourself jobs using mechanized equipment should be marked to prevent possible injury and costly damage,” she continued.
For more information about the 8-1-1 service visit www.call811.com.
Atlanta Gas Light, a wholly owned subsidiary of AGL Resources (NYSE: ATG), 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: ATG), an Atlanta-based energy services company, serves more than 2.2 million customers in six states. The company also owns Houston-based Sequent Energy Management, an asset manager serving natural gas wholesale customers throughout North America. As a 70 percent owner in the SouthStar partnership, AGL Resources markets natural gas to consumers in Georgia under the Georgia Natural Gas brand. The company also owns and operates Jefferson Island Storage & Hub, a high-deliverability natural gas storage facility near the Henry Hub in Louisiana. For more information, visit www.aglresources.com.
Contact: AGL Resources