San Bernardino- Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) joined first responders, excavators, contractors, utility owners and operators in a full-scale demonstration of what can happen when individuals or contractors do not dig safely in their backyards or work sites.
The event took place at the San Bernardino Regional Emergency Training Center (SBRETC) in San Bernardino. The SBRETC provides comprehensive emergency training for Aircraft Crash Rescue Firefighters worldwide.
“Hitting an active gas line while digging, planting or doing demolition work can cause serious injury, property damage, outages and costly repairs,” said Sergio Jimenez, SoCalGas spokesperson.
The event was hosted by the San Bernardino County Fire Department the California Regional Common Ground Alliance (CARCGA).
The CACGA is an association of utility operators, professional excavators and other stakeholders, dedicated to ensuring public safety, environmental protection, and integrity of underground services since 2004, according to the organization’s website.
Utility line facts:
- SoCalGas reminds the public to dig safely by dialing 811 two working days prior to shoveling to know the location of underground utility lines so that you’ll avoid hitting them.
- Every six minutes an underground utility line somewhere in the country is damaged because someone did not call 811, the national “Call Before You Dig” phone number.
- You could find utility lines, anywhere, including under streets, sidewalks and private property – sometimes you’ll see them just inches below the surface.
- More than 100 billion feet of utility lines lay buried underground in communities throughout the United States and those lines bring us our Internet, cable TV, natural gas, electricity and water.
- Hitting one of these pipelines while digging, planting or doing demolition work can cause serious injury, property damage, outages and costly repairs.
- That’s why it’s important to know the location of underground utility lines before you dig, regardless if you’re planning a big construction project or just landscaping your yard.
- After you call 811, Underground Service Alert will contact SoCalGas and other utilities so that representatives from these utilities can visit the proposed dig site to mark the locations of buried utility lines at no charge.