April 10, 2017
WALTHAM, MA – Spring weather is finally here. The warmer temperatures and longer days bring more outdoor work by individuals, contractors and excavators. With this in mind, National Grid reminds everyone to call before you dig. It’s not only the safe thing to do, it’s the law.
April is national “Dig Safely Month,” and National Grid urges the public to call Dig Safe ® (by dialing 811) in order to prevent serious personal injury, property damage and service interruptions caused by accidentally digging into electric, gas, telephone, water, sewer or cable facilities.
Dig Safe serves as a single point of contact to notify National Grid and other participating utilities of planned digging, drilling or blasting. The utilities will clearly mark their buried facilities prior to the start of excavation to ensure customer safety and to prevent damage. The depth of utility lines varies, and there may be multiple utility lines in one common area. A quick phone call to 811 several days before digging connects callers to an operator at a local One Call Center who will provide information on when participating utilities must clearly mark their underground equipment. The call is simple and the service is free of charge.
In 2016, there were 444,535 dig safe tickets called into National Grid in New England between electric and gas. Of these, 248,945 were gas tickets. There were 141 damages to gas lines or electric lines that were caused because there was no request for Dig Safe.
National Grid also offers these precautions about underground energy services:
If You Suspect a Natural Gas Leak, Call National Grid
Because “dig ins” are a leading cause of natural gas leaks, National Grid reminds customers to take the following safety actions anytime a gas leak is suspected:
About National Grid
National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is an electricity and natural gas delivery company that connects nearly 7 million customers to vital energy sources through its networks in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast. National Grid also operates the systems that deliver gas and electricity across Great Britain.
Through its U.S. Connect21 strategy, National Grid is transforming its electricity and natural gas networks to support the 21st century digital economy with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions. Connect21 is vital to our communities' long-term economic and environmental health and aligns with regulatory initiatives in New York (REV: Reforming the Energy Vision) and Massachusetts (Grid Modernization).