Toronto Hydro wants you to call before you dig this spring

April is Dig Safe Month

TORONTO, April 20, 2016 /CNW/ - Toronto Hydro has approximately 13,000 kilometres of electrical cable running underneath the city, which includes neighbourhoods and backyards.

That's why we're reminding customers and contractors to think twice before digging, whether it's for a new garden bed, a fence or a new house.

Before putting shovels in the ground, it's important (and the law) to contact Ontario One Call, a free service that will come to your house and tell you exactly what's underground, including power cables, gas lines and telecommunication wires.  

Accidentally hitting a buried power line can cause serious harm. In 2015, there were 58 instances of "dig-ins" in Toronto, which could have been avoided if the proper steps were taken.

For more information, or to book a locate with Ontario One Call, visit on1call.com or call 1-800-400-2255.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Customers are liable for any damage or injury caused by interfering with any buried infrastructure
  • Ontario One Call (ON1Call) was formed in 1996

QUOTES

"You can't always tell when there's electrical equipment buried under your feet.  But Ontario One Call can see underground and tell you what areas to avoid, helping to keep you safe."

-       Tori Gass, Spokesperson, Toronto Hydro

ABOUT TORONTO HYDRO

Toronto Hydro owns and operates an electricity distribution system, which delivers electricity to approximately 756,000 customers located in the city of Toronto. It is the largest municipal electricity distribution company in Canada and distributes approximately 19% of the electricity consumed in the province of Ontario.

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SOURCE Toronto Hydro Corporation

Video with caption: "Video: Avoid hitting underground electrical equipment by calling before you dig". Video available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3xLcmJ5QrQ

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For further information: Tori Gass, Communications and Public Relations, 416-903-4037, media@torontohydro.com; 24-hours media line: 416-903-6845, media@torontohydro.com

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