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Once the natural gas service has been properly disconnected, safe digging practices continue to be critical. Even minor damage to temporarily disconnected gas service lines can result in gas leaks when service is restored, threatening fire, explosion and loss of life and property.

In New York:

Step 1. Plan your job and pre-mark your dig area with white paint, flags and/or stakes.

Step 2. Call 811 or make an online request for utility locates at least two full working days before any excavation starts, excluding the day of notification and weekends and legal holidays. At no cost to you, the 811 center will notify member underground facility owners in the immediate area, so the location of pipelines and other facilities can be marked prior to excavation.

  • Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau, Suffolk and the Rockaways: Notify 811 or 1-800-272-4480 or visit NewYork-811.com
  • Upstate New York: Call 811 or 1-800-962-7962 or visit digsafelynewyork.com

Step 3. Wait the required time for utilities to locate and mark their buried lines or to inform you that no utilities are present in your dig area.

Step 4. Respect the marks when digging.

Step 5. Dig with care and use ONLY hand tools or vacuum technology within the “tolerance zone,” which spans the width of a marked utility plus 24 inches from each indicated outside edge.

In New England:

Step 1. Plan your job and pre-mark your dig area with white paint, flags and/or stakes.

Step 2. Call 811 or make an online request for utility locates at least 72 hours before any excavation starts, excluding weekends and legal holidays. At no cost to you, the 811 center will notify member underground facility owners in the immediate area, so the location of pipelines and other facilities can be marked prior to excavation.

  • Massachusetts and Rhode Island: Call 811 or
    1-888-DIG-SAFE (344-7233) or visit digsafe.com

Step 3. Wait the required time for utilities to locate and mark their buried lines or to inform you that no utilities are present in your dig area.

Step 4. Respect the marks when digging.

Step 5. Dig with care and use ONLY hand tools within the “tolerance zone,” which spans the width of a marked utility plus 18 inches from each indicated outside edge.

 

Notify 811 before you dig. It’s the law!

 

 

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