Governor Mike DeWine has issued a proclamation declaring April as Safe Digging Month in Ohio. The Governor’s action underscores the importance of contacting OHIO811 before starting any excavation activities and to exercise safe digging practices once your project begins. Many other states have followed suit, making April “National Safe Digging Month” across America.
Undoubtedly, this is an April unlike any Ohio has ever experienced. The ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented and has affected all of us in many different ways. During this extraordinary time, and as we look forward to Spring and the beginning of a variety of outdoor improvement projects, it is more important than ever that everyone work safely to protect the essential underground utility infrastructure. For this reason, the Ohio Utilities Protection Service (OHIO811), reminds everyone to be safe and to contact OHIO811 at least 48 hours before you dig.
Contacting OHIO811 will inform utility owners of your planned excavation activity so they can mark the location of their buried utility facilities. This is a free service that can be completed online at www.OHIO811.org or by simply dialing 811 and being connected with a Customer Service Representatives.
“Contacting OHIO811 to have the utilities mark the location of gas lines, electric lines, fiber optic telecommunications cables, water and sewer systems is absolutely crucial with helping to avoid unnecessary risks of serious injury and property damage and to prevent service disruptions to our essential underground infrastructure.” said Roger Lipscomb, Executive Director of OHIO811.
Mr. Lipscomb also added that “The COVID-19 pandemic has presented some substantial challenges for the entire excavation and utility industries. Yet, we have continued to experience significant excavation activity in the state of Ohio and are extremely pleased to inform everyone that OHIO811 remains fully operational and stands ready to promote public safety by receiving underground utility locate requests and providing those request to utilities.”