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KEYS CELEBRATES 7TH ANNUAL NATIONAL SAFE DIGGING MONTH

03/31/2014 ~ This April marks the seventh annual National Safe Digging Month, reminding Florida residents to always call 811 before any digging project.

When calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to Common Ground Alliance, the local one call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, paint, or both.

Striking a single line can cause injury, repair cost, fines, and inconvenient outages. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call to 811. Installing a mailbox, building a deck, and planting a tree or garden are all examples of digging projects that should only begin a few days after a call to 811.

“As April marks the traditional start of digging season, we are using this month to strongly encourage individuals and companies to call 811 before they begin digging,” said Lynne Tejeda, Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) General Manager & CEO. She went on to add that, “by calling 811 to have the underground utility lines in their area marked, homeowners and professionals are making an important decision that can help keep them and their communities safe and connected.”

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. It is estimated that every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811.

KEYS encourages its customers to visit www.Call811.com for more information about digging safely.

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