INDIANAPOLIS – With the arrival of spring and April being National Safe Digging month, Vectren is reminding Hoosiers who are planning to dig in the yard, tear down a building or engage in any other earth-moving activity, to please call Indiana 811 at least two full working days in advance. By calling 811, residents can have underground utility lines in the work area located and identified at no cost.
“Spring projects such as landscaping, installing a fence or major home improvements often bring an increase in accidental and potentially dangerous encounters with underground facilities,” said Mike Roeder, president of Vectren Energy Delivery North. “We urge everyone planning these excavation activities to call 811 at least two full working days before beginning a project. It’s a simple call that can help avoid serious accidents and a significant financial burden associated with repairing the damaged lines.”
Locating underground facilities prior to digging is mandated under Indiana law. If a resident fails to notify Indiana 811, proceeds with an unmarked dig and strikes an underground facility, he or she will be responsible for the damages and costs to repair in addition to fines up to $10,000.
In the event a gas line has been struck or ruptured outside of a home or business, residents are reminded of the following:
• Leave the area of the gas leak immediately, as well as areas where the odor of gas is noticeable.
• Do not attempt to re-start or move powered equipment.
• Call Vectren at 1-800-227-1376 from somewhere other than the location of the gas leak. The party responsible for the damage to the gas line should also call 911 and report the incident to police and/or fire officials.
• Remain in a safe area until emergency personnel arrive and do not enter the home/business or neighboring premises.
Natural gas contains an odorant called mercaptan that smells like rotten eggs or sulfur. In the event a gas leak is suspected inside of a home or business, residents are reminded of the following: