Dominion Energy Ohio Highlights Digging Safety on National 811 Day

As more people continue to work from home, and summer weather encourages do-it-yourselfers to work on outdoor improvement projects, it’s more critical than ever to remember to call 811 and to dig safely.

Dominion Energy Ohio reminds customers and the general public that Ohio law requires property owners and contractors to call 811 at least two business days, but no
more than 10 working days (excluding weekends and legal holidays) before beginning ANY digging project.

In observance of National 811 Day on Aug. 11 (8/11) Dominion Energy Ohio underscores the importance of calling 811 to have underground utility lines marked before beginning projects that involve digging. This will help to ensure communities remain safe and connected.

Ohio811 operates the state’s one-call system. A vital resource for Ohio residents and businesses alike, Ohio811 acts as a communications link between Dominion Energy Ohio and other member utilities and individuals and companies planning any digging activity.

Calling 811 connects the general public and contractors to Ohio811, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig.

This service is free of charge.

Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines and facilities with flags, spray paint or both.

“Calling before digging helps ensure safety and prevents accidental dig-ins and potential injuries, property damage and utility service disruptions,” notes Jim Eck, Vice President and General Manager, Ohio & West Virginia Distribution.

Visit www.ohio811.org for more information about the call-before-you-dig process.

For additional natural gas safety information, visit http://www.dominionenergy.com/safety/call-before-you-dig or http://www.safegasohio.org