April marks the beginning of digging season and Dig Safe month across Canada. If you are a homeowner taking on an outdoor project or a contractor planning excavation, the Canadian Gas Association (CGA) and its members encourage you – and all Canadians – to dig safe. To ensure safety for yourself and others, “call or click before you dig” and be sure to follow the COVID-19 protocols for your region.
It is important to know what is below the ground before starting any digging or excavation projects. As we continue to endure the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns, it is also important to know the COVID-19 guidelines and protocols set by your regional authorities.
The natural gas delivery industry is committed to damage prevention. Excavation without first identifying the location of underground infrastructures – such as gas and power lines, telecommunications and cable wires, and water mains – is one of the leading causes of damage to natural gas infrastructure.
Whether you live in a rural or urban area, many types of infrastructure can be present underground. We remind individual homeowners, private contractors, and other professionals to call or click before digging to avoid damages to any underground infrastructure. And, if you are a homeowner hiring a contractor – make sure your contractor follows these guidelines as well.
“Safety is the number one priority of the natural gas delivery industry and we encourage anyone planning to excavate to do so safely – for the consideration of themselves and others,” said Timothy Egan, President and CEO of CGA. “It is very important to get your locates first, and with COVID-19, it is important to know the safety and health protocols set by the regional authorities. Taking these steps can eliminate safety risks and reduce costly property damages.”
You can obtain the necessary locates by visiting www.clickbeforeyoudig.com or by contacting your provincial One-Call Centre. Once you receive your locates, be sure to respect the marks, dig with care, and report right away if you suspect a line has been hit.
The Canadian Gas Association is the voice of Canada’s natural gas delivery industry. Its membership includes natural gas distribution and transmission companies, equipment manufacturers, and suppliers to the industry. Our utility members are active in eight provinces and one territory and meet 35 per cent of Canadians’ energy needs through a network of over 566,000 kilometers of underground infrastructure. This infrastructure can also be used to deliver renewable gases including renewable natural gas and hydrogen, in order to contribute to Canada’s greenhouse gas emission reductions. Today, over 7.2 million customer locations representing approximately two-thirds of Canadians, rely on natural gas for clean, affordable, and reliable heating and power.
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Canadian Gas Association