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April is National Safe Digging Month




Atlantic City Electric is proud to once again partner with New Jersey One Call, the one-call notification center for New Jersey, to promote National Safe Digging Month. This awareness month serves as a reminder for residents, businesses and contractors that safe digging must remain a priority to prevent damage to critical underground energy services and prevent injuries.


Atlantic City Electric, alongside New Jersey One Call, emphasizes the need to call 811 before beginning any digging project, no matter the size. By dialing 811, customers and contractors are connected to New Jersey One Call, which coordinates with local utility companies to mark the approximate locations of underground lines. Professional locators utilize spray paint, flags or other markers to indicate where it’s safe to dig.


In 2023, Atlantic City Electric responded to 107 incidents stemming from unsafe digging practices. Striking underground utility lines not only poses serious safety risks, but can also result in serious injury, costly damages, service disruptions and potential fines. With more than 3,000 miles of underground electric lines in South Jersey, the potential for accidental damage is significant. Beyond Atlantic City Electric’s infrastructure, there are numerous other utilities buried underground, including water and sewer lines, communication cables and more. In 2023, Pepco Holdings which includes Pepco, Atlantic City Electric and Delmarva Power, conducted nearly 14,000 safety observations to ensure contractors are excavating in a safe way to help prevent underground contact from occurring. Once the area is marked, understanding the color codes used for marking is essential:

 



 

To avoid injury and disruptions, residents and businesses should remember these six tips before starting any project:

 

  • Call 811 at least three days before digging, regardless of the depth or familiarity with the property.

  • Have a plan. Call on Monday or Tuesday for work planned for an upcoming weekend, providing ample time for the approximate location of lines to be marked.

  • Confirm that all lines have been marked. 

  • Consider moving the location of your project if it is near utility line markings.

  • If a contractor has been hired, confirm that the contractor has called 811. Don’t allow work to begin if the lines aren’t marked.

  • Visit call811.com for more information.

 

To learn more about safe digging practices visit atlanticcityelectric.com/SafetyCommunity or call 1-800-642-3780.

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