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Delmarva Power Urges You to Dig Safely

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Utility Advises Residents, Others to Call 811 Before Digging

NEWARK , DE – With warmer weather here, Delmarva Power reminds homeowners and others working outdoors to call 811 before they dig.

Natural gas, electricity, cable television, water, sewer and telephone lines are commonly buried underground, making it necessary to know where those lines are in order to prevent them from being struck and damaged by digging.

This year, May has been designated as National Safe Digging Month to recognize the one-year anniversary of the national call-before-you-dig number – 811. When 811 is called from anywhere in Delmarva Power’s service territory, the call is routed to the local Miss Utility center where operators will ask for the location of the digging job. Then, within a few days, an individual locator will be sent to the digging site to mark underground utility lines. This is a free service.

It is important to call 811 at least two days before the scheduled dig. If unauthorized digging occurs and causes harm, the property owner may face stiff fines.

Remember, safe digging means calling Miss Utility before each job, whether you are a professional excavator or a homeowner. Each state has different laws for digging, so visit www.call811.com for state-specific information.

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Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe and reliable energy to about 500,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware and Maryland and over 118,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware .