Natural Gas Safety

Digging safely

811Digging causes most natural gas leaks and safety concerns. If you dig without first finding out where underground cables and pipelines are located, you risk hitting and damaging them. When you Call 811 first, you keep you and your family safe.

Every state has a system of marking property with colored flags or paint to show the location of underground cables or pipelines. So before planting a tree, putting in a mailbox, swing set or pool or building a fence or deck – anything that requires digging – Call 811. Someone will come and mark the location of the utility pipes, saving the hassle and danger of broken pipes, possible gas leaks or disrupted utilities.


These flags are color-coded for the type of pipelines they mark. Natural gas pipelines are marked with yellow flags. All marker flags have an important job to do – marking the underground cables and pipelines that bring us natural gas, water, cable TV, etc. We should never move them, take them out or dig near them.

Know what’s below. Call 811 before you dig. 

Click on the link to the right to view – Common Ground Alliance – Call Before You Dig – Pirate Video


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