Dig Carefully on Your Work Site
You must call before you begin work
- It is a free service (although for privately installed utilities, there may be a fee).
- Markings are valid for 30 days.
- Call at least two working days ahead.
- Give more notice during long weekends and holidays.
You can face big costs for hitting a line
- Seriously hurting yourself or another worker.
- Causing a fatality.
- Losing work time.
- Paying expensive repair costs.
- Causing a loss of natural gas service.
Digging Safety - Know What's Below
Natural gas markings are yellow
- The direction the natural gas line runs.
- The approximate location of the line.
They do not show:
- The depth of the line – which can be just a few inches from the surface as soil is graded or erodes.
Keep a one metre clearance
Natural gas lines stand no chance against excavation equipment. They will be punctured easily.
- Keep a one metre (three feet) safety clearance on either side of the outside of the locate marks.
- This is the hand expose zone – absolutely no machines.
- If you are excavating in this zone, you must use a shovel or hydrovac to carefully expose the natural gas line.
- You must be able to see the line – to verify its location – before continuing the job.