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For Immediate Release


Delmarva Power Reminds Customers to Call 8-1-1 Before Digging

NEWARK, DE - As the second week of spring begins Delmarva Power reminds customers to be safe and call 8-1-1 before beginning any outdoor construction projects and/or large gardening and landscaping projects that involve digging.

8-1-1 is the nationally recognized "Call Before You Dig" phone number designated to help save lives by minimizing damages to underground utilities. One free call to 8-1-1 connects you to an operator, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of your intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the locations of underground facility lines with flags or spray paint. Both Delmarva Power Electric and Natural Gas infrastructure can be found underground throughout Delaware and can be hazardous if unearthed inappropriately.

"The early spring season offers opportunities to get a jumpstart on planting, digging and tackling various backyard landscape and construction projects.  Delmarva Power urges customers to safely conduct these activities by starting with a call to 8-1-1," said Gary Stockbridge, region president, Delmarva Power.

Additionally, avoid overhead utility lines when carrying long or tall items, such as ladders, scaffolding, tree trimming tools and pool cleaning equipment by holding these items parallel to the ground. Please remember to look up before raising a ladder or similar object to be sure it's clear of overhead wires. Touching a power line with any part of the body or most objects can result in serious injury or even death. Electricity can move through conductive materials such as water, metal, wood, aluminum, string and plastic. Certain critical clearances are required by law, and a minimum of 10 feet must be maintained when working near power lines.

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