PUCO reminds citizens to call 811 before any digging project

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio wants to remind citizens to call 811 before you begin any digging project.

Law requires that you follow these five steps before you start digging:

  1. Call 811 at least 48 hours, but not more than 10 days, before you plan to dig. This allows enough time for OHIO811 to notify utility operators in the area that you are planning to dig.
  2. Wait 48 hours before starting your project so that utility operators have time to mark any underground lines.
  3. Confirm that all lines in the area have been marked. In addition to seeing flags or paint marking the lines, most companies will use OHIO811 Positive Response, which allows line or facility owners to communicate the status of their one call ticket to the excavator. You can also check the status on your own by calling (800) 445-3894.
  4. Respect the markings and steer clear of marked lines. Each utility type uses different colored flags or paint to mark their lines. To find out what kind of lines are marked in your yard, visit the color code guide on the OHIO811 website.
  5. Dig carefully. Hitting an underground line while digging can cause damage to the environment and even injury or death.

If you do hit a line, leave the area immediately to protect yourself and others working with you. Call 911 if a substance starts releasing into the air. Contact the utility company listed on the nearest marker for any damaged underground facility.

To learn more, visit OHIO811’s website, the Oil and Gas Producers Underground Protection Service’s website, or call 811 or 1-800-362-2764.

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