Call Before You Dig

Call Before You Dig

Every digging job requires a call to 811

Planting a tree? Call 811.  Building a deck?  Call 811. Pouring concrete?  Call 811. Please call 811 for all your projects large or small. There may be multiple utility lines in a single area, at varying depths. Digging without calling can disrupt vital services to an entire neighborhood, result in expensive fines and repair costs, and even cause bodily harm. It’s safe. It’s smart. It’s your responsibility.

Whether you’re planting a tree or putting in a playset, always call 811 at least three working days before work begins. A representative from a local utility will mark the approximate location of the buried utilities at your dig site. It’s for your safety and it’s the law. Make your next project safe and successful.

Ever wonder what the colored marks mean?

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Call Before You Dig – It's The Law!

By law, anyone planning to excavate or demolish is required to call 811, Pennsylvania One Call System, at least three days before work begins. Whether you're planning an excavation as part of a landscaping project or building a deck or addition onto your home, avoid property damage, personal injury, and possible fines by contacting Pennsylvania One Call System before you start to dig. You can find PA Act 287 here.  The Common Ground Alliance has released a handbook of best practices to help you know when to call be fore you dig. 

The service will notify all utilities to mark the approximate location of underground service lines that might be in the construction area – at no cost to residential customers. If you damage a natural gas pipeline while digging, you endanger your safety and the safety of others. You may also be responsible for repairs.

If you have contractors performing work for you, make sure they call Pennsylvania One Call System before starting work, too. The primary cause of natural gas pipeline damage is from third parties digging near underground facilities.

Please remember to always dial 811 at least three days before you do any type of digging/excavating. From the most basic of landscaping chores to major construction, no job is too small or too large for a One Call. A little pre-planning, a simple phone call to 811 and some patience can help to protect you, your loved ones and your property from the often devastating results of an underground utility damage. Why take an unnecessary chance and possibly suffer major loss and tragedy when you do not have to? It is all preventable - 811- Make The Call!

If you smell natural gas

If you smell natural gas in your home, evacuate immediately. Do not operate anything that could cause a spark including lights, cell phones, flashlights and appliances. From a safe location, call 911.

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