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Dominion Reminds Customers to Call Before Digging

by ARLnow.com August 9, 2012 at 1:48 pm 1,772 18 Comments

Dominion is reminding work crews and homeowners in Virginia to call “Miss Utility” at 811 before digging on their property.

The reminder comes just a day after a contractor suffered burns after striking an electrical line while digging along Lee Highway. From a Dominion press release:

The approach of Aug. 11 (8/11) serves as a reminder for Dominion Virginia Power customers to call Miss Utility at 811 before digging on their property to avoid injuries and service disruptions from damage to underground utility lines. Projects include planting shrubs, trees and gardens; building patios; installing fencing, and removing tree stumps and old structures.

“Even if you don’t think there are underground lines in your work area, be safe and call 811 before you dig on your property,” said Rodney Blevins, vice president for distribution operations. “Underground lines may go unnoticed for years and pose a hidden safety risk.”

It may be easy to remember to dig with “CARE:” Call Miss Utility at 811 before you dig. Allow time for marking. Respect and protect the marks. Excavate carefully.

In Virginia, calling 811 will reach Miss Utility of Virginia, the state’s one-call notification center. A representative will be sent to the caller’s property at no charge to mark the underground utility lines by means of paint, stakes, flags or a combination of the three.

Miss Utility’s hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday excluding legal state and national holidays. Emergency notification service is also available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

  • Dezlboy

    Article states, “It may be easy to remember to dig with “CARE:” Call Miss Utility at 811 before you dig.”

    Is CARE suppossed to stand for something? Why is “CARE” easy to remember? Just wondering.

    • barryballston

      you may want to keep reading the sentence you referenced above.

      • Autoexec.bat

        Or the four sentences after the one referenced above.

        • Dezlboy

          Oh…i see now. 🙂

    • SlowDayAtWork

      Careless
      Attention
      Results in
      Electrocution

  • bum

    I feel like this is a painfully slow news day.

    • Guy LeDouche

      No worries, we are only a mere bank robbery, murder, new burger joint opening, or streetcar story away from a comments section explosion…wait for it…any minute now…

  • nunya

    miss utility is a lonely lady.

    why is it miss and not ms?

    • You may be sarcastic, but just in case

      As is Miss hitting the Utility

      • nunya

        i miss my utility blanket.

        • Adam West

          I miss my utility belt.

      • South Awwlington

        Miss hitting something alright…

    • Aaron

      “Miss” because someone might actually call her.

  • Andy

    “The reminder comes just a day after a contractor suffered burns…”

    And hours after the gas main break.

    • LolaMINI

      Very true…

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