Call Before You Dig

As the nice spring weather beings to roll in, you may be thinking about getting to work in your lawn. Perhaps a new tree in your front yard? A new fence? As you prepare to begin working on your home improvement project, DON’T FORGET to contact OUPS 48 hours but no more than 10 days prior to starting. State of Ohio Law requires professionals AND homeowners to contact OUPS 2 business days prior to completing any excavations to request marking of existing utilities.


You might be thinking “But I’m only using a shovel” or “I know there is nothing here,” but an excavation is defined as any penetration of the earth’s surface. The law even extends to demolition of buildings or other structures, even if you do not expect to disturb the earth during demolition. For more information, go online to, call 811, or 1-800-362-2764.

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