PG&E To Host 811 Safe Digging Webinars - Save The Dates
As part of National Safe Digging Month, PG&E will host two free 811 safe digging webinars for homeowners and contractors. The webinar sessions will provide an overview of the 811 process and guidance for digging safely once underground utilities have been marked. Attendees will also have an opportunity to ask questions of PG&E 811 Damage Prevention experts in each session.
WHAT: 811 Safe Digging Public Webinars
WHO: PG&E Damage Prevention specialists will lead the sessions
WHEN: Wednesday, April 21- 2:30 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Saturday, April 24 - 10:30 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.
WHERE: Visit PGE.com/811 for links to each 811 webinar
Throughout the pandemic, many homeowners are using their extra time at home to complete projects that require digging, according to a recent national survey conducted by the Common Ground Alliance (CGA). In fact, the survey shows that one in five homeowners (20%) have been more likely to do a home improvement involving digging since the pandemic began – particularly gardening projects, and 56% of homeowners who are planning to plant a tree or shrub this year said they were more likely to dig while having extra time at home. The most popular planned projects cited among surveyed homeowners who plan to dig include:
- Planting a tree or shrub: 62%
- Building a fence: 37%
- Building a deck or patio: 32%
- Installing a mailbox: 20%
- Installing a pool: 6%
- Something else: 26%
Additionally, of the millions of homeowners who plan to dig this year for projects like gardening, building a fence or deck, installing a mailbox and more, nearly two in five (37%) will put themselves and their communities at risk by digging without contacting 811 beforehand to learn the approximate location of underground utilities.
Customers should call 811 three days before starting a digging project, no matter how large or small, to have the location of underground utility lines marked. 811 is a free service, and calling 811 will help customers keep their families and neighbors safe and connected to essential utility services, and to avoid potentially costly repairs
CGA is a member-driven association of nearly 1,700 individuals, organizations and sponsors in every facet of the underground utility industry. Established in 2000, CGA is committed to saving lives and preventing damage to North American underground infrastructure by promoting effective damage prevention practices. CGA has established itself as the preeminent source of damage prevention data and information in an effort to reduce damages to underground facilities in North America through shared responsibility among all stakeholders. For more information, visit CGA on the web at http://www.commongroundalliance.com.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 23,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit pge.com and pge.com/news.