New Jersey Natural Gas
AUGUST 11 (8/11) SERVES AS REMINDER FOR NEW JERSEY RESIDENTS TO ALWAYS CALL 811 BEFORE DIGGING08/03/2016 - For Immediate Release
Wall, N.J. – August 11 is National 811 Day and New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) wants to remind residents to call 811 prior to any digging project to make sure underground public utility lines are appropriately marked. It’s FREE and it’s the LAW.
Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811. Striking a single underground utility line while digging can cause serious injury to you or those around you, inconvenient outages, expensive repair costs and fines. Whether you plan to do it yourself or hire a contractor, every digging project (i.e. installing a mailbox, putting in a fence, building a deck and laying a patio), no matter how large or small, requires a call to 811. Damage prevention is the key to safety.
In recognition of National 811 Day, NJNG invites residents to attend its annual Dig Safely Fair on Thursday, August 11, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at The Home Depot in Hazlet, 3700 Route 35, to learn more about safe digging practices. The first 100 attendees will receive a free Call Before You Dig T-Shirt. Representatives from NJNG, New Jersey One Call, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and UtiliQuest will be on hand to educate attendees and answer questions about how to dig safely around natural gas facilities, identify a natural gas leak and keep property and communities safe.
When calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to New Jersey One Call, the local one call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of your intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the proposed digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground utility lines with flags, spray paint and/or stakes. Yellow markings (paint, flags) indicate an underground natural gas line. Once lines have been accurately marked, carefully dig by hand away from the marked areas.
“On Aug. 11 and throughout the year, we remind everyone to make the call to 811 before beginning any excavating project,” said Mobeen Khan, director of system enhancement at New Jersey Natural Gas. “We encourage whoever is digging to apply safe digging practices. Making the call is not only required by law, it is an important step to keeping people and property safe from harm.”
The depth of utility lines can vary. Utility lines need to be properly marked because, even when digging only a few inches, the risk of striking an underground utility line still exists. On National 811 Day, and every day, NJNG reminds homeowners to take the following steps when planning a digging project:
- Call 811 at least three business days prior to the start of digging, regardless of the depth of the dig or your familiarity with the property. Plan ahead. Call on Monday or Tuesday for work planned for the upcoming weekend.
- Wait three full business days to ensure all underground utility lines have been marked. Yellow markings indicate the presence of underground natural gas lines.
- Respect all markings. Move the location of your project if it is near utility line markings, and be mindful that inclement weather may wash away painted markings.
- Dig with care – hand dig within two feet of marked underground utility lines.
In the event of damage to a natural gas line, leave the premises immediately and go to a safe location. New Jersey Administrative Code requires a call to 9-1-1 followed by a call to NJNG’s natural gas leak hotline at 800-GAS-LEAK (427-5325).
Visit nj1-call.org or the My Safety section of njng.com for more information about 811 and safe digging practices.
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- New Jersey Natural Gas, NJR’s principal subsidiary, operates and maintains over 7,300 miles of natural gas transportation and distribution infrastructure to serve over half a million customers in New Jersey’s Monmouth, Ocean and parts of Morris, Middlesex, Sussex and Burlington counties.
- NJR Energy Services manages a diversified portfolio of natural gas transportation and storage assets and provides physical natural gas services to its customers across North America.
- NJR Clean Energy Ventures invests in, owns and operates solar and onshore wind projects with a total capacity of more than 200 megawatts, providing residential and commercial customers with low-carbon solutions.
- NJR Midstream serves customers from local distributors and producers to electric generators and wholesale marketers through its 50 percent equity ownership in the Steckman Ridge natural gas storage facility and its stake in Dominion Midstream Partners, L.P., as well as its 20 percent equity interest in the PennEast Pipeline Project.
- NJR Home Services provides service contracts as well as heating, central air conditioning, water heaters, standby generators, solar and other indoor and outdoor comfort products to residential homes throughout New Jersey.
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Michael Kinney, Media