August 11 Serves as Reminder for New Jersey Residents to Call 811 Before Digging

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FOLSOM  - With August 11 here, South Jersey Gas hopes today will serve as a natural reminder for residents to call 811 prior to any digging project to have underground utility lines marked.
According to the press release, every eight minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811.
When calling 811, homeowners are connected to New Jersey One Call, the local one-call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of the intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags or spray paint.
Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines, and inconvenient outages. According to New Jersey law, every digging project, no matter how large or small, requires a call to 811. Installing a mailbox, building a deck, planting a tree, and laying a patio are all examples of digging projects that need a call to 811.
The depth of utility lines can vary for a number of reasons, such as erosion, previous digging projects, and uneven surfaces. Utility lines need to be properly marked because even when digging only a few inches, the risk of striking an underground utility line still exists.
Visit www.call811.com or www.southjerseygas.com for more information about 811 and safe digging practices.

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