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Cities Asked to Promote Donate Life and Safe Digging Month

March 21, 2014
California cities have been asked to support two important causes, National Safe Digging Month and DMV/Donate Life California, which are being recognized during the month of April.
The following summaries offer information and sample resolutions regarding the two causes.
PG&E 811 Resolution
April is National Safe Digging Month and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) would like cities to promote public safety by adopting a resolution to “Call Before you Dig.” PG&E customers are encouraged to call 811 before starting any excavation project, large or small. Excavation damage is among the leading causes of pipeline accidents in the United States. In 2012, PG&E experienced more 1,000 incidents where a third party dug into its natural gas pipelines or electric power lines without calling 811, a free service that provides important information on where utilities exist beneath excavation areas.
Utility lines buried underground can lie just a few feet from the surface due to soil erosion or grading. Whether planting a tree, installing a sprinkler system or building a fence, homeowners and professional excavators need to know where these lines lie underground before digging to prevent injuries, property damage and outages.
Striking and damaging underground gas and electric lines creates a serious safety concern for the excavator and the public. It can also impact gas and electric service to homes, schools and hospitals in the community. Repair costs billed to excavators can total several thousand dollars for damage to distribution lines and tens to hundreds of thousands for damage to larger transmission lines.   
Calling 811 puts customers in direct contact with Underground Service Alert (USA), which notifies local utility companies to mark the approximate location of their underground facilities in and around the excavation site, helping customers and contractors avoid them.
For more information about USA, visit www.call811.com. For tips on safe digging during the month of April, visit PG&E's Facebook page or PG&E's Twitter feed.
Donate Life Resolution
Donate Life sent a letter, encouraging cities to issue an official Proclamation declaring the month of April as DMV/Donate Life California Month.
The Donate Life California Organ & Tissue Donor Registry is the nonprofit, state-authorized organ, eye and tissue donor registry. Registrations are recorded in a confidential database that is only searched by authorized organ and tissue recovery personnel at the time of an actual donation opportunity. It is administered by Donate Life California and California’s four nonprofit, federally designated organ recovery organizations: California Transplant Donor Network, Lifesharing, OneLegacy and Sierra Donor Services.
Fast Facts from Donate Life California:
  • One organ donor can save up to eight lives, one tissue donor can enhance the lives of 50 people.
  • All major religions support or permit organ, eye and tissue donation.
  • Anyone can register to be an organ, eye and tissue donor regardless of age, ethnicity or medical history.
To arrange for a special Donate Life Ambassador to pick up your official Proclamation, contact Patty Ladegaard at (619) 563-5138.

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