Think about safety first all season
(NC) Now that the warm weather is here, many of us are cleaning up our yards, landscaping our gardens, or starting new outdoor projects. Be mindful, however, that these activities might take place above buried utilities including natural gas lines, so it's important to always call before you dig to avoid disruption of important services and to keep everyone safe. Here are some guidelines:
When should I call? – If you plan on building a deck, a fence, or doing any digging, the law requires that you contact Ontario One Call to request free locates of underground pipes and cables at least one week before you start.
What's the risk? – If you strike a natural gas line, you could create a safety risk and cut off natural gas service to your entire neighborhood for hours or even days. In a worst case scenario, you could cause a gas leak, fire, or explosion, resulting in injury or death.
What's the cost? – If you cause damage to an Enbridge natural gas line, you may be financially responsible for the repairs. If anyone is hurt or nearby property is damaged, you may also have to deal with fines and legal action.
Where do I start? – Contact Ontario One Call by calling 1-800-400-2255, or submit your request online at www.on1call.com. This service is free, and is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. A locator will visit your home to mark the location of underground utilities with paint, stakes, or flags and will give you a diagram of your property marking the pipelines to help ensure you are able to dig safely.
More information about natural gas safety is available at www.sixsecondsafety.com.