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BGE Reminds Customers of the Importance of Calling Miss Utility at 811 Before Digging



BGE Reminds Customers of the Importance of Calling Miss Utility at 811 Before Digging 

Baltimore Gas and Electric Reminds Customers of the Importance of Calling Miss Utility at 811

Before Digging 

 

BALTIMORE (April 11, 2013) – Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) <http://www.bge.com/Pages/default.aspx>  announced today that April is National Safe Digging Month and reminds all customers to always call Miss Utility at 811 to have underground utilities marked prior to beginning any digging project. Failure to call before digging greatly increases the chance of striking an underground facility, which can cause injuries, costly equipment damage and lengthy service interruptions.

“It’s never safe to assume you know what is below ground, no matter where you plan to dig,” said 

Jeannette M. Mills, vice president and chief customer officer for BGE.

“Calling Miss Utility at 811 before you dig for any project, from home landscaping to construction, is the first step to take to avoid damaging underground lines and preventing injuries, fatalities and potential penalties.” 

BGE maintains nearly 16,000 circuit miles of buried electric lines and more than 13,000 miles of underground natural gas pipes in central Maryland. In addition to BGE’s extensive underground system, there are buried lines for water, sewage, communication, steam and other utilities.

The only way to safely excavate around this complex network of underground lines is to begin by having utilities marked in the area where you plan to dig.

After utility lines have been marked and a check-in with Miss Utility confirms the process is complete, excavators still must proceed cautiously.  Mechanized equipment and hand tools such as shovels, post hole diggers, picks and digging bars can easily damage buried lines. It is always advisable to avoid digging near underground utilities whenever possible, especially if a project can be redesigned away from buried lines.

This National Safe Digging Month, commit to contacting Miss Utility at 811 before you dig and to learning more about safer excavation practices.  For more information on the meaning of utility marks and 811 process, visitwww.bge.com/811 <http://www.bge.com/811>  and watch BGE’s free Dig Smart video guide to safer excavation atwww.bge.com/digsmart <http://www.bge.com/digsmart> .  Know what is below.  Call Miss Utility at 811 before you dig.  

 

BGE <http://www.bge.com/Pages/default.aspx, headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland’s largest gas and electric utility, delivering power to more than 1.2 million electric customers and more than 655,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. The company’s approximately 3,400 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with 2012 revenues of approximately $23.5 billionLike us on Facebook<http://www.facebook.com/myBGEand follow us on Twitter <http://twitter.com/mybge, YouTube<http://www.youtube.com/baltimoregaselectric and Flickr <http://www.flickr.com/photos/mybge.