Originally established in 2015, the Sammy Shovel Program helps create a safer Ohio by educating the next generation of responsible homeowners and excavators. Over the past 4 years the program has been steadily building and gaining traction throughout the state. It’s a high-energy, engaging program that can be brought to any Ohio elementary school.
The program delivers an introduction to OHIO811 and the Call Before You Dig Process presented with music, dancing and responsive interaction. The program includes a dance competition, the Sammy Shovel mascot and several games that involve a word and letter scramble, a race to find which flag corresponds to each utility and a partner toss game.
The program is free of charge to any Ohio elementary school and is approximately 30-45 minutes in length. Contact Lee Richards for further information.
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…
When making the free call to 811 or entering online, you’re connected to Ohio Utilities Protection Service.
We take your digging project details and contact information, and give you a reference number.
We notify utility companies that you will be digging.
The utilities send locators to locate and mark any underground utility lines that run through your yard with colored paint and flags. Dig carefully in this area. The colors tell you the utility type.
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.
- Pink is temporary survey markings
- White is proposed excavating
It is very important to tell your kids not to play with the flags or move them. They are there for your safety.