you break ground for a home addition, swimming pool, fence, tree
planting or other project that requires excavation,
drilling or digging, make sure you're clear of all underground utility lines running through
To get your project safely underway, make one simple call to your
state utility notification service by dialing 811 three to 10 days
prior to digging. The service will contact all member
utilities to mark the locations of underground facilities
for you at no charge.
Play It Safe
Developers, contractors, excavators, equipment
operators and anyone else working near our underground gas and electric
lines also need to check O&R's Field
Safety Guide to ensure compliance with regulations imposed by
various local, state and federal authorities.
What Could Happen If You Don't Call?
If your shovel or backhoe strikes an underground electric or natural
gas line or communications cable, you run the risk of serious accident,
injury or costly property damage. You could also disrupt essential
utility service and find yourself with an expensive repair bill and
How to Identify a Utility Marking
Utility companies will mark the location of their underground facilities
using either colored paint or small flags. Each type of service has
its own unique color.
||Gas or Oil
||Telephone and Cable
||Sewer and Drain
If a Digging Accident Occurs
If a natural gas accident occurs, immediately evacuate the area and
call O&R's Gas Emergency Hotline at 1-800-533-5325.
For accidents involving underground electric cables, call us at 1-877-434-4100.