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North Shore Gas

For Release: 05/23/2012

Sprucing Up the Yard Landscaping This Weekend?

If it involves digging, call 8-1-1 first, says North Shore Gas.

Waukegan, IL - The upcoming Memorial Day weekend often involves sprucing up the yard, starting a landscaping project or planting some trees, shrubs, flowers or a vegetable garden. North Shore Gas Utility (NSG) reminds everyone to first call JULIE at 811 or 800-892-0123 BEFORE you dig.

The 8-1-1 number is a one-call, coordinated, nationwide underground utility location system whose purpose is to keep everyone safe. Location specialists will come to your home, locate, and mark all underground utility services in your yard free of charge. At least 48 hours (two business days) are required for locates prior to beginning a digging project.

Everything from planting a new garden, installing fence posts, planting trees or shrubs, digging a post hole for your mailbox, posting temporary yard signs, pounding stakes for graduation party tents, to building a deck, all require a call to 8-1-1 before your project begins.

Nationwide, a utility line is damaged by digging once every three minutes and one-third of these incidents are caused by failure of the homeowner or professional excavator to call 8-1-1.

NSG says the misconception is most home owners think the 8-1-1 JULIE Hotline only applies to those who use large power digging equipment. The unfortunate result may be serious injuries and disruption to electric or natural gas service to entire neighborhoods. NSG has approximately 2,000 miles of underground distribution and transportation natural gas pipeline located in 54 communities within the northern suburbs of Chicago. The utility encourages that before residents begin to dig, that they follow pipeline safety procedures and be aware of natural gas pipelines buried underneath their property. In certain cases, this can be only a few inches from the surface and easy striking distance even for shallow digging projects.

Call JULIE at 8-1-1 or 800-892-0123 well in advance of your project start date to get locates done, according to NSG. For more information or to find all of the utility's pipeline safety materials, please visit our website at

For More Information, Contact:

  • Bonnie Johnson
    Manager-Public Relations
    Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas