The service is free, it's easy to use and it's the law! Call 811 or 888-DIG-SAFE (888.344.7233). Visit Digsafe.com for more information.
Damage prevention is everyone's responsibility. Whether you're a contractor excavating for a large project or a homeowner installing a mailbox, anyone who conducts earth moving activities should contact Dig Safe ® before starting.
State laws require anyone who digs to notify utility companies at least 3 business days (72 hours) before starting, and for good reason. Digging can be dangerous and costly without knowing where underground facilities are located.
Visit Digsafe.com for the most current information about underground utility damage prevention including "pre-marking" requirements.
Dig Safe System, Inc. is a communication network, assisting excavators, contractors and property owners in complying with state law by notifying the appropriate utilities before digging. Dig Safe, a free service, notifies member companies of proposed excavation projects. In turn, these member utilities respond to the work area and identify the location of underground facilities. Callers are given a permit number as confirmation.
Tips to follow before starting your next project:
- Plan for gas utility conflicts as part of all underground construction.
- Mark out the area of construction.
- Properly notify the not-for-profit clearinghouse Dig Safe at 888.344.7233.
- Provide adequate training and supervision on a job site to assure that good construction practices are followed.
- Properly maintain all underground utilities markings.
- Hand dig in the area of underground gas facilities.
- Provide adequate protection and support for gas facilities.
- Notify the gas company if a gas facility is damaged or disturbed so they can make repairs if required.
- Use and properly install suitable backfill material around gas facilities.
Digging is dangerous and costly if you don't know where underground facilities are buried. Utility accidents are harmful to life, property and the environment. They also disrupt vital utility services and cause work delays, expensive repairs, liability for damages and civil penalties.