Whether digging in your yard or in the public right of way (permit required), it is always important to know the location of underground utilities. Before you are severely injured or find yourself needing to pay a huge bill to have a service reconnected…CALL BEFORE YOU DIG. The Ohio Utility Protection Service (O.U.P.S.) is available to help you to dig safely. Why call O.U.P.S.:
For Safety’s Sake: Hitting an underground utility line while digging can cause damage to the environment and/or serious personal injuries.
For Convenience: Failure to contact O.U.P.S. could result in disrupted service and great inconvenience for you and your community – loss of heat during the cold winter months or the ability to contact vital emergency services like police, fire, or EMS.
It’s Free: O.U.P.S. is a not-for-profit public safety organization – there is no fee to contact us.
It’s The Law: Ohio law requires that anyone digging contact O.U.P.S. at least 48 hours (excluding weekends and legal holidays) prior to beginning their work. Failure to contact O.U.P.S. could result in fines or penalties.
Contact OUPS via phone at 1-800-362-2764;
via website at http://www.oups.org/;
as a homeowner http://www.oups.org/homeowners;
as a contractor https://www.oups.org/excavators/
If you see OUPS markings at a construction or dig site, here’s what they mean:
Utility Location & Coordination Council Uniform Color Code