Southwest Gas Recognizes National Safe Digging Month in Carson City

Category: Nevada
April 1, 2014
Contact: Cynthia Messina, (702) 365-2044
Southwest Gas Recognizes National Safe Digging Month 
Call Before You Dig to have utility lines marked
Carson City, Nev. – Southwest Gas joins with members of Nevada’s Common Ground Alliance (NRCGA), in recognition of April as National Safe Digging Month.
This national outreach campaign focuses on homeowners and contractors with a safety message about the importance of calling 811 at least two-working days before the start of any digging or underground excavation project so utility-owned lines can be properly marked and avoided. The call is free, quick and easy, and helps to ensure individual and public safety.
"It's important to call 811 prior to any digging project. It's a safety step everyone should take, no matter what kind of project they are planning, large or small," said Byron Elkins, Southwest's Director of District Operations, Northern Nevada. "We advise everyone to call before you dig. Even if it's for an at-home landscaping project that includes hand digging when planting a shrub or tree. By calling 811, homeowners and professional contractors alike can help to prevent injuries and inconvenient outages, and reduce property damage."
For more information on National Safe Digging Month, visit and remember:
Always call 811 at least two-working days before the start of digging or underground excavation projects.
Consider moving the location of your project if it is near utility line markings.
Respect the marks and hand dig within 24-inches of natural gas pipelines.
If a contractor has been hired, confirm that a call to 811 has been made. Do not allow work to begin if the lines aren't marked.
As part of an on-going commitment to safety, Southwest Gas reminds the public of the following signs of a possible natural gas leak: a hissing noise coming from the ground or an above-ground pipeline, dirt or water blowing into the air, discolored vegetation surrounding a pipeline, standing water continuously bubbling, and/or the smell of rotten eggs, even if the odor is only slight or momentary. In the event a leak is suspected, the company advises individuals to leave the area immediately and call 911 and Southwest Gas at 1-877-860-6020 from a safe location. California residents should have a functioning carbon monoxide alarm as required by Health and Safety Code §17926.
Southwest Gas provides natural gas service to 1,904,000 customers in Arizona, California and Nevada. Visit us at for more natural gas safety and energy efficiency tips.