During the summertime, residents and contractors do quite a bit of outdoor construction/renovation which can involve digging in the ground.  NYSEG is reminding both contractors and residents to be sure and call 8-1-1 before you dig to protect yourself and others from injury and to prevent damage to underground utility lines. Every year, there are dozens of incidents involving third-party damage underground natural gas and electric facilities which can people’s lives in danger and interrupt essential utility service.

The utility recommends to contact Dig Safely New York before you start any excavation project so crews can mark line locations.  Whether you are landscaping, building a fence or a deck, or installing a pool, no project that involves digging is too small or insignificant. If you are planning to dig on your property for any reason, state law requires you to place a location request with Dig Safely New York at least two (2) full working days, but no more than 10 working days, before beginning your project, to ensure all underground utility lines are properly marked by their owners.

Call 8-1-1 or 1-800-962-7962.