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In Its Sixth Year, Safe Digging Month Still A Good Reminder To Call Before You Dig

Stock quotes in this article: VZ

NEW YORK, April 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- This month Verizon marks the sixth annual National Safe Digging Month, which serves as a timely reminder to always call 811 before beginning any digging project.         

"April Safe Digging Month is a great reminder of the importance of calling 811," said Diane McCarthy, Verizon's senior vice president of service delivery and assurance. "This one call for any digging project, no matter how small, can make the difference for our customers by protecting the Verizon network from damage due to careless digging. As a service provider, Verizon also does its part when others dig by accurately marking lines within the designated time frame."

National Safe Digging Month is formally recognized by Congress, and has traditionally earned the support of nearly every governor across the country.

As part of its safe digging campaign, Verizon distributes hats, gloves and other promotional items with the 811 logo to Verizon field operations personnel who have cable locating, maintenance and emergency repair responsibilities; outside plant engineering personnel who are responsible for construction, protection, location and permanent restoration activities; and excavators, locators, municipal employees and right-of-way providers with whom Verizon works. In addition, the company is outfitting its fleet vehicles with 811 bumper stickers.

Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call to 811. Installing a mailbox, building a deck and planting a tree or garden are all examples of digging projects that should only begin a few days after a call to 811.

"As April marks the traditional start of digging season, we are using this month to strongly encourage individuals and companies to call 811 before they begin digging," said Bob Kipp, president of the Common Ground Alliance (CGA). "By calling 811 to have the underground utility lines in their area marked, homeowners and professionals are making an important decision that can help keep them and their communities safe and connected." 

The CGA is a member-driven association dedicated to ensuring public safety, environmental protection, and the integrity of services by promoting effective damage prevention practices.

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