Planning a home improvement job? Planting a tree? Installing a fence or deck? WAIT! Here's what you need to know first:
Call 811 before every digging job—it’s the law!
811 is the national number to call before you dig. It will connect you to your local one-call center, who will notify your gas company and other utility providers of underground lines in the area you are planning to dig. Your gas company and other utility providers will then mark their lines, free of charge, so you can dig with care. Digging without calling can disrupt service to an entire neighborhood, harm you and those around you and potentially result in fines and repair costs.
What if I’m just doing a small home project?
This regulation applies to all digging—even smaller landscape and construction projects such as digging fencepost holes, anchoring supports for decks and swing sets, planting trees, removing tree roots and driving landscaping stakes into the ground.
Report unauthorized digging and stay safe!
If you suspect ANY illegal digging near a gas line, call the gas company listed on the nearest marker right away. If no company is listed, call 911.
Learn more now:
- Each state has different safe digging regulations. Learn more about your state’s laws.
- Ready to call 811? Here’s what to expect.
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