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PSC announces National 811 Day for Aug. 11

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The Public Service Commission of West Virginia is reminding residents to call 811 before starting projects that may result in striking underground utility lines.

According to a news release from the PSC, depth of utility lines may vary and the risk of striking underground utility exists even if the person digs a few inches.

Striking a pipeline, wire or cable can cause injury or death and also may result in costly repairs, fines or outages, the PSC states.

When people call 811, utility companies are contacted and notified of the dig and within 48 hours, professional locators from the company are sent to the requested digging site to mark underground lines with flags and paint, the news release states.  

"On Aug. 11 and throughout the year, we remind homeowners and professional contractors alike to call 811 before digging to eliminate the risk of striking an underground utility line," said Michael Albert, chairman of the PSC. "Failure to call before digging results in more than 250,000 unintentional hits annually and we do not want anyone's project to become part of the statistic."

People may call 811 or 800-245-4848 before their digging projects.