Checking for gas lines often ignored

Checking for gas lines often ignored

J Swygart | Lima Ohio

It’s a free service that’s relatively quick and completely painless.

It’s a state law. And it’s often ignored.

Ohio 811 — formerly known as the Ohio Utilities Protection Service, is the statewide program and more commonly known as “call before you dig” — links homeowners and contractors with all utility service providers in all areas of the state.

Under Ohio law, homeowners and excavators must call 8-1-1 at least two business days (but not more than 10 working days, excluding weekends and legal holidays) to have underground utility lines marked prior to beginning any project that requires digging.

Calling 8-1-1 connects the public and contractors to Ohio811, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. 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. The service is free…(Read the full story)

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