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Public Service Commission Reminds Residents of 811 Day

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The Public Service Commission of West Virginia makes it a point every year to remind the public about checking first, when it comes to digging.

In a press release, the Public Service Commission said that residents should use caution and call West Virginia 811 before performing projects such as installing a mailbox, building a deck, planting a tree or laying a patio.

According to the Public Service Commission, the depth of utility lines may vary for a number of reasons. Striking a single pipeline, wire or cable could lead to serious injuries or even death. The Public Service Commission said a person could strike such objects by digging only even a few inches into the ground.

When homeowners or contractors call 811, the utility companies are contacted and notified of an intended dig. Within 48 hours, professional locators from each company are sent to the digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags and paint. A person may move forward with their digging project once those markings are made.

The Public Service Commission reminds people of the importance of checking before digging every August 11.

To learn more about the Public Service Commission and the 811 campaign, click here.