Reminder: Call 8-1-1 before digging

April 8, 2014

Delmarva Power reminds customers to be safe and call 8-1-1 before tackling any outdoor construction projects that involve digging.

8-1-1 is the nationally recognized Call Before You Dig phone number designated to help save lives by minimizing damage to underground utilities. One free call to 8-1-1 connects the individual to an operator, who notifies the appropriate utility companies of the intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the locations of underground facility lines with flags or spray paint.

“The spring season offers opportunities to plant, dig and tackle various backyard and construction projects. Delmarva Power urges customers to safely conduct these activities by starting with a call to 8-1-1,” said Gary Stockbridge, region president, Delmarva Power.

Avoid overhead utility lines when carrying long or tall items, such as ladders, scaffolding, tree saws and pool-cleaning equipment by holding these items parallel to the ground. Remember to look up before raising a ladder or similar object to be sure it’s clear of overhead wires. Touching a power line with any part of the body or most objects can result in serious injury or even death. Electricity can move through conductive materials such as water, metal, wood, aluminum, string and plastic. Certain critical clearances are required by law, and a minimum of 10 feet must be maintained when working near power lines.

April is National Safe Digging Month. Find more information and updates by visiting, on Facebook at and on Twitter at A mobile app is available at


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