Fire marshal endorses national 811 campaign

FaFairfield Fire Marshal William Kessler is joining his fellow fire marshals across Connecticut as part of a national campaign to increase awareness of utility safety and reduce digging-related risks.

“Everyone, even private residents, need to comply with the state law requiring this notification prior to digging on their property,” Kessler said. “This simple 811 call will ensure that utility lines aren’t compromised; more importantly, it may save lives.”

According to a letter sent out last week by Cynthia Quarterman, administrator for the U.S Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, and cosigned by J. William Degnan, president of the National Association of State Fire Marshals, “excavation is a leading cause of pipeline incidents that result in death or injury. Every three minutes digging damages a buried utility line, and thirty percent of those incidents occur because a free call was not made to 811 notifying the local call-before-you-dig center.”

For more information about the safety initiative, call Connecticut’s Call Before You Dig Center at 800-922-4455.

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