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August 11 (8/11) Serves as a Reminder for New Jersey Residents to Always Call 811 Before Digging. It's Free and It's the Law.


As August 11 (8/11) approaches, New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) reminds
residents to call 811 prior to any digging project to have underground
utility lines marked. Damage prevention is the key to safety. With a
call to 811 before digging, you reduce the chance of causing damage to
less than one percent.

Careless digging can result in the disruption of vital services,
property damage, repair costs, fines and even injuries. Whether you plan
to do it yourself or hire a contractor, every digging project, no matter
how large or small, warrants a call to 811. Installing a mailbox,
building a deck, planting a tree and laying a patio are all examples of
digging projects that need a call to 811 before starting.

Dialing 811 will connect you to New Jersey One Call, which notifies the
appropriate utility companies of your intent to dig. Professional
locators will then visit the dig site to mark the approximate locations
of underground utilities, within the scope of the markout request, with
flags, paint or both. Yellow indicates a natural gas line.

In recognition of National 811 Day, NJNG invites residents to learn more
about safe digging practices at its annual Dig Safely Fair on Saturday,
August 11, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at The Home Depot in Hazlet,
3700 Route 35. Representatives from NJNG, New Jersey One Call, the New
Jersey Board of Public Utilities and UtiliQuest will be on hand to
educate attendees and answer questions about how to dig safely around
natural gas facilities, identify a natural gas leak and keep property
and communities safe.

"On August 11 and throughout the year, we remind everyone to always use
safe digging practices. Making the FREE call to 811 is not only required
by law, it's an important step in keeping our neighbors, everyone's
properties and our communities safe," said Craig Lynch, senior vice
president of energy delivery, at New Jersey Natural Gas.

NJNG encourages homeowners to take the following steps before digging:

  • Always call 811 at least three, but not more than 10, business days
    prior to the start of any digging, regardless of the depth of the dig
    or your familiarity with the property.
  • Before digging, confirm the markout has taken place. Yellow indicates
    the presence of underground natural gas lines.
  • Respect all markings. Take a photo of the markout because inclement
    weather may wash away painted markings. Maintain the markouts until
    it's no longer necessary and move the location of your project if it
    is near the markings.
  • Dig with care – hand dig within two feet of the outer wall of the
    underground facility.

For more information about 811 and safe digging practices, visit or the My Safety section of In the event of
damage to a natural gas pipeline, immediately call 911 followed by a
call to NJNG at 800-GAS-LEAK (427-5325).

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New Jersey Resources (NYSE:NJR) is a Fortune 1000 company that,
through its subsidiaries, provides safe and reliable natural gas and
clean energy services, including transportation, distribution, asset
management and home services. NJR is composed of five primary businesses:

  • New Jersey Natural Gas, NJR's principal subsidiary, operates
    and maintains over 7,400 miles of natural gas transportation and
    distribution infrastructure to serve over half a million customers in
    New Jersey's Monmouth, Ocean and parts of Morris, Middlesex and
    Burlington counties.
  • NJR Clean Energy Ventures invests in, owns and operates solar
    and onshore wind projects with a total capacity of more than 335
    megawatts, providing residential and commercial customers with
    low-carbon solutions.
  • NJR Energy Services manages a diversified portfolio of natural
    gas transportation and storage assets and provides physical natural
    gas services and customized energy solutions to its customers across
    North America.
  • NJR Midstream serves customers from local distributors and
    producers to electric generators and wholesale marketers through its
    50 percent equity ownership in the Steckman Ridge natural gas storage
    facility and its 20 percent equity interest in the PennEast Pipeline
  • NJR Home Services provides service contracts as well as
    heating, central air conditioning, water heaters, standby generators,
    solar and other indoor and outdoor comfort products to residential
    homes throughout New Jersey.

NJR and its more than 1,000 employees are committed to helping customers
save energy and money by promoting conservation and encouraging
efficiency through Conserve to Preserve® and initiatives such
as The SAVEGREEN Project® and The Sunlight Advantage®.

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