Utilities: Call 811 before digging

Peoples Natural Gas reminds those planning home improvement and gardening projects that involve digging to call the toll-free Pennsylvania One Call System at 8-1-1.

Pennsylvania law requires a call at least three business days before digging to alert participating utilities of work plans.

Damaged gas lines can interrupt service. Damage to electric lines can cause power outages. Utility companies can help prevent potential accidents by coming out to mark the approximate location of their facilities.

“Peoples is committed to community and customer safety,” said Barry Kukovich, communications and community affairs manager. “Knowing what’s below by calling 811 before digging is the most important step in preventing underground utility incidents.”

Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call.

Here are some examples of when homeowners should call:

Installing a fence, mailbox, yard sign, flag pole or pole for a basketball hoop.

Installing a deck, porch, patio, swimming pool or garage.

Installing a sprinkler system, pet perimeter fence, septic tank, leech bed or sand mount.

Planting trees or bushes.