NYSEG AND RG&E ADVISE CONTRACTORS AND CUSTOMERS TO DIG SAFELY
AND TO WATCH OUT FOR OVERHEAD POWER LINES
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rochester, NY, April 14, 2010 – NYSEG and RG&E advise contractors and customers to make one important call before doing any excavation work, and it may be a lifesaver. By calling 811 or 1.800.962.7962, Dig Safely New York will arrange to have underground utilities in work areas marked to prevent damage and protect workers.
“Contractors are required by law to call Dig Safely New York before digging and we strongly encourage do-it-yourselfers who are planning projects like putting up a fence or doing drainage work to call,” said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E. “Making this one call will help ensure that work is done safely.”
The call to Dig Safely New York should be made at least two full days but not more than 10 days before work is to begin.
NYSEG and RG&E also caution contractors and customers to watch out for overhead power lines. “Ladders, gutters and aluminum siding can all conduct electricity. Making contact with a power line with any of these items could be fatal,” Lynch said.
While planning a project, contractors and customers should carefully check the work area for any potential hazards, including overhead power lines.
For more information, visit nyseg.com or rge.com, click on “Usage and Safety” and then on “Dig Safely and Look Up.”
NYSEG and RG&E also offer these additional spring safety tips:
• Water and electricity NEVER mix. Keep power tools away from water, including rain, wet ground, swimming pools, sprinklers and garden hoses.
• Have a licensed electrician add weatherproof covers and GFCIs (ground-fault circuit interrupters)
to outdoor electrical outlets to protect against electrical shock.
• Leave cutting and trimming of trees near power lines to professionals. A tree or limb that comes in contact with a power line could be deadly.