April has been proclaimed Safe Digging Month in the state of Indiana and NIPSCO is reminding
customers and contractors to always call 811 at least two business days prior to starting any digging project. Making this free call will ensure the dig site is marked with paint or flags where the approximate underground public utility lines are located.
Digging without knowing the approximate location of underground utilities can result in serious injuries,
inconvenient service disruptions and costly repairs when gas, electric, communications, water and sewer lines are damaged. Making a free call to 811 or contacting Indiana811.org at least two business days before digging will help homeowners maintain essential utility service for themselves and neighbors and keep communities safe by reducing the likelihood of accidentally digging into buried utility lines.
Whether you’re installing a mailbox, planting trees or performing any other outdoor digging project, NIPSCO encourages you to take the following steps:
• Always call 811 or enter a request online at Indiana811.org two business days before the start of any
• Tell neighbors, coworkers, family and friends about 811 if they discuss their plans for an outdoor home
improvement project with you.
• Plan ahead – Indiana 811 is always open. Although Indiana 811 iss always open 24/7, the law defines
working day as every day except Saturday, Sunday, and state/national holidays.
• Avoid starting projects until you’re sure all lines have been marked. When you call 811, you will hear a list of companies that should respond.
• Choose another location on the property for a project if the original planned site is near utility line
• If your excavation is within two feet of any marked facility, only use hand tools or vacuum excavation with extreme caution.
• If you have hired a contractor to complete your project, confirm that he or she has made a call to 811
before doing any digging. Don’t allow work to begin if the lines aren’t marked.
• After the site has been accurately marked, it is safe to begin digging carefully around the marked areas.
By calling 811, a trained utility line locator will visit the dig site to mark the approximate location of underground public utility lines with paint or flags. Each color of paint and/or flag represents a unique type of underground utility. The color code guide can tell you which colors indicate which type of utility and where to avoid digging. The utility flags may be removed once the project is fully complete. See the complete color code guide and learn more information on NIPSCO.com/811.