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Call 811 Before You Dig

Posted: May 16, 2019

ShovelStep 1 – Notify:

Whether you’re installing a mailbox, putting up a fence or planting a tree, it is a requirement to call 811 or submit an online request 2-3 days before you begin work. A Locator will flag all underground utility lines, for free, which helps you avoid hitting an underground utility line while working.

Step 2 – Wait:

Your local one-call center will request a job site location and a brief description of the job. Once they have all of the information they need, they will notify affected utility companies, who will send a professional Locator out to mark utility lines within 2-3 days.

Step 3 – Confirm:

Step 3 requires you to confirm that all affected utility operators have responded to your request. You can do this by comparing the flag markers to the list of utilities the one-call center notified. If you are unsure, you can contact your local one-call center by dialing 811.

Step 4 – Respect:

Respect the marks, which will act as your guide for the duration of the project. These marks will help you avoid disruptions in service, for yourself or your neighborhood. They also help to prevent serious injuries, or costly fines and repairs.

Step 5 – Dig Carefully:

Always dig carefully and be sure to use the marks as your out-of-bounds indicators. These flags identify underground lines to work around. If the project continues beyond your request’s expiration date, call 811 and request a re-mark.