Notify your state’s 811 center by calling 811 or making an online request 2-3 days before work begins. Check online to find information about your state’s specific notification period requirement, your 811 center, and online service availability.
Striking underground utilities can be deadly
If digging with a handheld shovel, position the spade of the shovel so it’s parallel with the underground installation. Use only enough force to gently penetrate the ground while looking for signs of backfill, utility coverings, or other indicators of warning.