Meet Sammy Shovel!

The Newest member of the “Contact Before You Dig” team.

He’s here to tell you when you should contact OHIO811 and how OHIO811 works.

Why contact 811?

Knowing where buried lines are located helps protect you from serious personal injuries, interruptions in utility service to you or the entire neighborhood, high repair costs, hefty fines and environmental damage.

When should I contact OHIO811:

Every digging project requires you to contact OHIO811 including installing a mailbox, putting in a fence, planting trees or shrubbery, building a deck or patio, and digging out a new garden area.(These are just a few common examples of when to call. Do-it-yourselfers and contractors should contact OHIO811 at least 48 hours before any digging project.)

How does 811 work:

Follow these 4 easy steps below…

The colors tell you the utility type:

  • Red is electric
  • Orange is communication such as telephone, cable TV, and some alarms systems.
  • Yellow is gas
  • Green is sewer
  • Blue is drinkable water
  • Purple is irrigation water or non-drinkable water.

It is very important to tell your kids not to play with the flags or move them.  They are there for your safety.

Let Sammy Shovel Come Visit Your Kids School Today
Let Sammy Shovel come visit your school

Register any school today for a FREE Sammy Shovel presentation!

Help Sammy Shovel create a safer Ohio, by teaching the next generation of excavators and homeowners

the importance of “Contact Before You Dig”.

This Could Be Your School!!

Meet Sammy Shovel’s Gang

  
Learn more about them and why it is so important to protect them
by taking the number one precaution to prevent an accident
by contacting OHIO811 before you dig!

My name is Miss Bright Flame and I represent gas lines

My name is Miss Bright Flame and I represent gas lines. There are all sorts of different gas lines such as natural gas lines, oil lines, and steam lines. I supply heat for homes and gas and oil for vehicles. If my lines get hit while digging, I can result in major accidents, such as explosions and fires which can cause loss of life and terrible damage!

My name is Sparky the Electric Puppy and I represent electric lines

My name is Sparky the Electric Puppy and I represent electric lines. I supply electricity to homes and other buildings for heating, lighting, and powering appliances. If my lines get hit while digging, I can shock you. This can cause severe injury and possibly cause death!

My name is Mr. Drippy and I represent water lines

My name is Mr. Drippy and I represent water lines. I supply water to houses and other buildings through water lines. Water lines are located under the streets and sidewalks in every city. These lines provide fresh water for drinking, taking a shower and washing your dishes. If my lines get hit while digging, I can cause flooding outside and cause water to stop flowing to your house!

My name is Cyberina and I represent communication lines

My name is Cyberina and I represent communication lines. There are different types of communication lines such as alarm lines, signal lines, telephone lines. I allow sending or receiving information to houses, buildings or other structures for TV signals, computer signals, and telephone signals. If my lines get hit while digging, I can cause all telephones, TVs and computers to stop sending or receiving signals. This means no phone calls, no TV and no Internet signals. My communication lines can be very expensive to fix!

My name is Slimer the Smelly and I represent sewer lines

My name is Slimer the Smelly and I represent sewer lines. I sometimes get pretty stinky so it’s really important to keep me in my sewer lines. I carry wastewater from your home and other buildings to wastewater treatment plants where I get cleaned up so I don’t stink so badly. If my lines get hit while digging, I can leak out and spill wastewater in your yard. It can get really smelly when this happens and really expensive to fix!

Help Sammy Shovel and his friends solve these games

Safe Digging with Sammy Shovel and his friends.

These are 14 words that are all connected to OHIO811 and why you should contact before you dig.
How many of them can you find? Words can run from side to side, up and down or diagonally.

(This puzzle is interactive on the screen only.)

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Help Sammy Shovel find his way through the maze!

Start at the top and working his way out, finding all his friends along the way.

(Click on the maze to print and solve.)

Print off these coloring sheets and hang it on the refrigerator and help your parents to remember to contact OHIO811 before they dig and keep the world safe!

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