VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia – April 1, 2023 — Warmer temperatures have finally arrived and before customers spring into outdoor home projects, Virginia Natural Gas (VNG) is reminding communities to “Call Before You Dig” in observance of Safe Digging Month this April.
Virginia Natural Gas encourages customers to contact VA811 either by phone (8-1-1) or online to have underground utility lines marked before any digging or excavation project. This includes fence installation, paving projects, or installing a pool. It also applies to professional excavators when performing any work such as tunneling, grading, boring or blasting. Contacting Virginia 811 is also recommended for smaller, manual jobs such as planting trees or installing mailboxes.
“Digging without knowing the approximate location of underground utilities can result in serious injuries, inconvenient service disruptions, and costly repairs,” said Rus Hayslett, vice president of Operations for Virginia Natural Gas. “Making a free request to 811, online or over the phone, before digging will help homeowners maintain essential utility service for themselves and reduce the likelihood of accidentally digging into buried utility lines.”
Virginia Natural Gas has more than 5,500 miles of natural gas infrastructure across southeast Virginia. In addition to those lines, there are underground communications cables, water and sewer lines, and other utility lines on every property. Knowing where underground infrastructure is before putting a shovel in the dirt helps prevent injuries, property damage and inconvenient service outages.
To protect these underground utilities and help ensure communities stay safe and connected, Virginia Natural Gas offers the following safe digging guidelines:
VNG’s Safe Digging Arcade is another way for families to learn more about the importance of safe digging. Have your child complete all eight activities to become a Safe Digging champion! The arcade uses science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) to educate children about how their families can stay safe and avoid damaging a utility line when digging around their homes.
For more information about natural gas safety, visit virginianaturalgas.com/safety.
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