As the summer winds down, you may be thinking about ways to boost your curb appeal with easy projects like landscaping changes and lighting upgrades. For any project that requires you to dig, it’s important that you first know where the underground utility lines are located around your property. Call 811 at least 48 hours before breaking ground to have your lines marked.

Your call alerts AEP Ohio and other utility companies of your plans to dig and allows us to send a professional to mark the approximate location of underground utility lines, free of charge. 

Damaging an underground utility line while digging can lead to serious injuries, environmental issues and power outages. Ohio law requires that anyone digging call 811 at least 48 hours, but no more than 10 days, before digging. Failure to call could result in penalties or fines. 

Think you know what’s underground? It’s possible that utility lines have shifted or new lines were installed since you last worked in a particular area. It’s always better to be safe than cause a disruption of your electric service.

Planting just below the surface? Many utility lines are buried just a few inches below the ground. You can easily hit a line while doing small projects like planting flowers, trees or shrubs around your property. 

Installing a mailbox or light pole? Areas along roads or driveways are often prime locations for underground utility lines. Don’t risk leaving your neighbors in the dark because you forgot to plan ahead. 

Working with a contractor? Don’t assume your contractor has called 811 before working on your property. It’s up to you to be aware of underground lines before allowing any project to begin. 

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2 responses to “Safety First: Call Before You Dig

  1. I called 811 last week and have heard back from everyone except AEP. I was going to plant trees in the back yard. Assuming it’s safe to dig back there?

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