Call Before You Dig

Dig Safely

Underground power lines, natural gas pipelines, and other utilities run under streets and sidewalks as well as under yards and homes. Accidentally digging into these lines could disrupt utility service in the neighborhood. Even minor damage to a gas pipeline or its coating (such as a gouge, scrape, or dent) could harm the integrity of the pipeline and cause a future break or leak. And accidentally digging into underground power lines could cause an electrical shock hazard and disrupt electrical service in the neighborhood. Damage could even result in electrocution.

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How 811 Works

The 811 service makes sure underground utility lines are clearly marked so that people can dig a safe distance away from them. You must contact this service before any digging project, no matter how small. Call 811 or enter an online ticket request, then wait your state’s required time for lines to be marked before you start to dig. (Find your state 811 service website and wait times here: