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North Shore Gas

For Release: 08/07/2012

August 11 is National Call 8-1-1 Before You Dig Day

North Shore Gas Safety Experts on Location to Remind Customers to Put Safety First

Waukegan, IL - North Shore Gas experts will be available on location at the Ace Hardware store located at 4806 Grand Avenue in Gurnee, IL on Saturday, August 11 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. to increase public awareness and have underground lines, pipes and cables marked so "you know what's below" - and can complete outside improvements safely. August 11th is National Call 8-1-1 Before You Dig Day, which is the nationally designated date to remind citizens to obey the law and take precaution by calling before digging.

Home improvement stores like Ace Hardware, which attract do-it-your-selfers, are the perfect locations to educate residents about natural gas safety and to remind them why they should call 8-1-1 to mark utility lines before beginning any major digging projects like planting a tree, installing a sprinkler system or constructing a deck in the backyard.

"Knowing where utility lines are buried before each digging project helps protect those who dig from injury, expense and penalties," said John Just, general manager, Field Operations. "One easy toll-free call to 811, regardless of where you are calling from, will get the location of underground utility lines marked for free."

North Shore Gas encourages contractors, workers and residents before planning any work that requires digging to 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. Residents must call 8-1-1 at least 48 hours before planning to dig.

North Shore Gas will also have experts on hand to present do-it-your-selfers with even more ways to stretch their dollars by taking advantage of energy efficiency rebates and incentives offered by the North Shore Gas Natural Gas Savings Program. Owners of single-family homes and smaller multi-family buildings are eligible for rebates when they install certain types of energy-saving products. The current program runs through May 31, 2013 and includes rebate offers up to $750 for complete system replacements (furnace and central air conditioner); $600 for boilers; $500 for furnaces and 30 cents per square foot for attic insulation.

For more information on the North Shore Gas Natural Gas Savings Program, or to find all of the utility's pipeline safety materials, visit

For More Information, Contact:

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