August 11th: Good time for an 8-1-1 Safety Reminder from Michigan Gas Utilities

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Monroe, MI - With the date being 8/11 on August 11th, Michigan Gas Utilities reminds everyone to be safe and call 8-1-1 BEFORE attempting any projects that require digging.

Calling the "8-1-1 Miss Dig Hotline" should be the homeowner and contractor's first step before putting a shovel in the ground and performing any excavation, construction, farming or digging.

Knowing where utility lines are buried before each digging project helps protect those who dig from injury, expense and ensures the reliability of the system.

The 8-1-1 Miss Dig Hotline network is a part of a coordinated nationwide underground utility location system that is set up for everyone's safety. Michigan Gas Utilities has about 3,800 miles of underground natural gas pipelines and 168,000 natural gas customers in about 148 communities it serves.

Last year, Michigan Gas Utilities experienced about 180 accidental dig-ins on its natural gas system, causing disruption of service. Michigan Gas Utilities records indicate a very high percentage of accidental dig-ins result from people not calling "8-1-1" before they dig.

Most customers are aware of the "8-1-1" system, but do not think it applies unless they are using some larger power digging equipment. The unfortunate result may be serious injuries and disruption of utility service to entire neighborhoods.

To request a locate either call the 8-1-1 Miss Dig Hotline or log on to their website. Customers will be asked a few questions about their location and project. Specialists using sophisticated equipment will respond to the site and mark the location of all buried facilities (natural gas, electric, cable, telecommunications) on your property within three working days.

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