Chattanooga, Tenn. – April 2, 2018 – With spring here and the ground ready for digging, Chattanooga Gas is committed to ensuring the safety of homeowners and excavators as they gear up to start outdoor projects. Whether putting in a fence, planting a tree or building a deck, knowing where the utility lines are before you dig helps prevent injuries, property damage and inconvenient utility outages.
Nationwide an underground utility line is damaged once every six minutes because someone decided to dig without first calling 8-1-1, according to Common Ground Alliance. CGA is a national advocacy organization focused on preventing damage to underground infrastructure.
Calling 8-1-1 connects to Tennessee 811 which notifies the appropriate utility companies of the intent to dig. Professional locators then are sent free of charge to the requested digging sites to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags or spray paint. Yellow paint indicates the presence of gas, oil or steam petroleum. Once lines have been accurately marked, it is important that residents respect the marks and use the appropriate tools to dig.
To protect underground utilities and to help ensure that communities stay safe and connected, Chattanooga Gas is providing homeowners and professional excavators with the following safe digging guidelines:
For information about natural gas safety, visit www.chattanoogagas.com/safety.
About Chattanooga Gas
Chattanooga Gas is one of seven natural gas distribution companies of Southern Company Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO). Chattanooga Gas provides retail natural gas sales and transportation services to approximately 66,000 customers in Hamilton and Bradley counties in southeast Tennessee. The Chattanooga Gas service area includes the communities of Chattanooga, Cleveland, Red Bank, East Ridge, Lookout Mountain and Signal Mountain. For more information, please see www.chattanoogagas.com.
About Southern Company Gas
Southern Company Gas is a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE:SO), America’s premier energy company. Southern Company Gas serves approximately 4.6 million natural gas utility customers through its regulated distribution companies in seven states and more than 1 million retail customers through its companies that market natural gas and related home services. Other non-utility businesses include investments in interstate pipelines, asset management for natural gas wholesale customers and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. For more information, visit Southern Company Gas at southerncompanygas.com.
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