PUCO reminds you to call, click or tap before you dig

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) reminds you to call, click or tap before you dig. Not only will you know that you are safe to dig, you will prevent potential outages, costly repairs and serious or even fatal injuries.

Ohio Utility Protection Service (OUPS) is the communication link between Ohio individuals planning to dig and utility companies. OUPS now has multiple ways to request a check for underground utility lines or structures. Ohio law requires that anyone, homeowner or contractor, planning a digging project call, click or tap at least 48 hours and up to 10 days (not including weekends or legal holidays) before digging.

Before contacting OUPS, have your project plans, address, digging location and digging start date ready. After contacting OUPS, mark your digging location with white flags or white paint and then wait 48 hours for any utilities to mark your location for underground lines or structures.

Call: Homeowners and contractors can call 8-1-1 or 1-800-362-2764 before any digging project.

Click: OUPS offers online reporting systems at www.oups.org.

Tap: Homeowners and professional excavators can easily enter their excavation requests on their mobile device by using the OUPS mobile app. The app is currently available for free download on Apple and Android devices.

Together with the Oil & Gas Producers Underground Protection Service (OGPUPS) and OUPS, the PUCO reminds you to call, click or tap BEFORE you dig.

For more information, visit the Ohio Utilities Protection Service’s website at www.oups.org, the Oil and Gas Producers Underground Protection Service’s website at www.ogpups.org, or call 8-1-1 or 1-800-362-2764.