April Is Safe Digging Month; Dominion Virginia Power Reminds You To Call 811 Before Digging

Tue Apr 2, 2013 9:00am EDT

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- Avoid injury, property damage caused by digging into underground utilities
RICHMOND, Va.,  April 2, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- As April brings warm weather and
outdoor chores, Dominion Virginia Power reminds Virginians to  call Miss Utility
 at 811 before digging on their property to avoid injuries and service
disruptions from damage to underground utility lines.  

"Play it safe and let Miss Utility check for underground lines before you start
digging on your property," said  Rodney Blevins, vice president for distribution
operations.  "Even if you don't think there are underground lines in the work
area, call 811 first."

April is National Safe Digging Month. Remember to dig with "CARE:"  Call  Miss
Utility at 811 before you dig.   Allow  time for marking.   Respect  and protect
the marks.   Excavate  carefully.

"One split second decision is all it takes to cause serious injury or even
death," said  Courtney Malveaux, Commissioner of the Virginia Department of
Labor and Industry. "I want all workers to go safely home to their families
every night.  I ask all workers in  Virginia  to think before they dig and call
Miss Utility."

Popular do-it-yourself projects that involve outdoor digging include planting
gardens, shrubs and trees; building patios; installing fencing; and removing
tree stumps and old structures.  In Virginia, calling 811 will reach Miss
Utility of  Virginia, the state's one-call notification center.  A
representative will be sent to the caller's property at no charge to mark the
underground utility lines by means of paint, stakes, flags or a combination of
the three. Watch a video explaining how to use Miss Utility: 

Miss Utility's hours of operation are  7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday 
excluding legal state and national holidays. Emergency notification service is
available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Information is available at 

Dominion (NYSE: D) is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of
energy, with a portfolio of approximately 27,500 megawatts of generation.
Dominion operates one of the nation's largest underground natural gas storage
systems and serves retail energy customers in 15 states. For more information
about Dominion, visit the company's website at  www.dom.com.   

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SOURCE  Dominion Virginia Power

Media: Karl Neddenien, (804) 771-6115, Karl.R.Neddenien@dom.com, or Le-Ha
Anderson, (703) 796-9308, Le-Ha.Anderson@dom.com, or Bonita B. Harris (757)
857-2700, Bonita.B.Harris@dom.com

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