Miss Utility: Know Before You Dig

Miss UtilityBGE currently maintains around 16,000 circuit miles of buried electric lines and more than 13,000 miles of underground natural gas pipes in central Maryland alone. And that is just the beginning. Do you know where every electrical, water, sewage, communication, steam and other underground utilities are in your yard?

Before beginning any home improvement project that requires you to grab your shovel and start digging up your yard, it is important to grab your phone and call Miss Utility. Simply dial 811. Miss Utility will come out and mark underground utilities.

“It’s never safe to assume you know what is below ground, no matter where you plan to dig,” said BGE vice president and chief customer officer, Jeannette M. Mills. “Calling Miss Utility at 811 before you dig for any project, from home landscaping to construction, is the first step to take to avoid damaging underground lines and preventing injuries, fatalities and potential penalties.”

The only way to safely excavate is to call Miss Utility before beginning any project. Not only will Miss Utility help you avoid damage to your property, power outage, or personal injury, it’s the law.

On Thursday, May 20, 2010, Governor Martin O’Malley signed Senate Bill 911 into Law, which updated the Maryland Underground Facilities Damage Prevention Law, more commonly known as the Miss Utility Law, bringing the law into compliance with the 2006 federal PIPES Act. The law went into effect on October 1, 2010.

Anyone digging in Maryland must give at least two full business days’ notice prior to starting work. The day of the call is not counted as one of these days.

Reliable Contracting: We Take Safety Seriously

For more than 85 years, Reliable Contracting has earned its reputation as a leading commercial and residential contractor in Maryland by providing service and quality that is second to none. We take safety very seriously and contact Miss Utility before every dig to ensure that no power or gas lines are struck. We go the extra mile to ensure everything we do is of the highest quality. So why would you call anyone else for your construction needs?

If you have any questions about our blog, “Miss Utility: Know Before You Dig,” please contact us today by calling 410-987-0313 or visit our website. You can also follow Reliable Contracting on Facebook and Twitter! Reliable Contracting is Anne Arundel County’s largest site-work contractor, with more than 400 employees, 100 trucks and 250 pieces of earthmoving equipment.

Reliable Contracting serves Central-Southern Maryland.

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