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Call before you dig

Planning on doing any home outdoor improvement projects or yard work? If your plans involve any sort of digging or excavating, be sure to call 8-1-1 ahead of your scheduled start.

By simply calling 8-1-1, you can notify Ohio’s one-call notification systems. The Ohio Utilities Protection Service coordinates with local utilities and the Oil and Gas Producers Underground Protection Service coordinates with oil and gas production facilities to have underground lines marked, so you know ahead of time where it is safe to dig. Not only will doing so avoid headaches and make your job easier, but you avoid potential utility outages, repair costs and serious or even fatal injuries.

How do I know if my project requires me to call 8-1-1?

By law, everyone —including homeowners—must contact the Ohio811, at least 48 hours but no more than 10 working days (excluding weekends and legal holidays) before beginning any digging on their property. The depth of utility lines varies and there may be multiple utility lines in a common area, so it’s always smart to have them marked.

What information is needed when I call?

Tell the operator where you're planning to dig, what type of work you will be doing and your affected local utilities companies will be notified about your intent to dig. In a few days, they'll send a locator to mark the approximate location of your underground lines, pipes and cables, so you'll know what's below - and be able to dig safely.

How can I learn more?

Visit the Ohio811 websute at, or call 8-1-1 or 1-800-362-2764.

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