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Avista Reminds Customers to Call 811 Before They Dig
April is National Safe Digging Month, Avista Promoting Safety at Home Depot Events


April 21, 2010:
As Spring arrives, Avista is reminding customers to call 811 before starting any outdoor projects that involve digging. Whether you’re a contractor or a do-it-yourself homeowner, it’s important to remember that pipes and power lines can be buried close to the surface, and one dig with a shovel or backhoe could strike a natural gas or electric line. It’s not only the smart and safe thing to do to call 811 at least two working days before you plan to dig, it’s the law.


National Safe Digging Month, celebrated each April, is dedicated to increasing awareness of safe digging practices and reminding people to call 811, the national call-before-you-dig number. It is important to call 811 at least two working days before excavating or digging begins to allow sufficient time for a professional to mark the location of any buried wire, cables or natural gas pipes. It’s a free service.


“Calling 811 is quick and easy and gives customers the peace of mind they need to step on the shovel or fire up the backhoe without worrying about their safety, extra cost or downtime - all of these things come with breaking a line,” said John Schwendener, Avista Utilities Director of Gas Delivery. “At Avista, safety is a top priority. That’s why we’re reminding customers that even a simple project like digging a hole for a mailbox post or planting a tree can have serious consequences if they don’t call 811 first.”


Avista and Home Depot Partner for Safety

Avista is partnering with Home Depot to celebrate National Safe Digging Month. All are welcome to join Avista and learn more about 811 at two Home Depot locations in Eastern Washington on Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Avista employees will staff a booth at each store where customers can learn more about 811 and why it’s important to call before you dig. Customers can pick up free giveaways and test their knowledge about 811.


WHO:               Avista Utilities & Home Depot


WHAT:             National Safe Digging Month & 811 Information


WHERE:          Spokane Valley Home Depot    &            North Spokane Home Depot

                       5617 E. Sprague Avenue                        9116 N. Newport Hwy


WHEN:            Saturday, April 23: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


WHY:              To celebrate National Safe Digging Month and inform customers about calling 811 before they dig.


Avista Prepares for Dig-ins During National Safe Digging Month

Avista facilitated a mock natural gas emergency in Arden, Wash., on April 12, 2011, to test its processes and work with local first responders on the scene of a natural gas dig-in. This scenario simulated a third-party dig-in, which more often than not, is the cause of natural gas or electric line dig-ins for Avista. Watch a two minute video or read about the incident here. http://www.avistautilities.com/community/blog/archive/2011/04/19/04192011.aspx


To learn more safe digging tips visit www.avistautilities.com/safety/call.



Avista Corp. is an energy company involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses.  Avista Utilities is our operating division that provides electric service to 359,000 customers and natural gas to 319,000 customers.  Our service territory covers 30,000 square miles in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and parts of southern and eastern Oregon, with a population of 1.5 million.  Avista's primary, non-utility subsidiary is Advantage IQ.  Our stock is traded under the ticker symbol "AVA."  For more information about Avista, please visit www.avistacorp.com.


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