On Your Side: Call before you dig Why 811 is so important Updated: Wednesday, 16 Nov 2011, 10:35 AM EST Published : Wednesday, 16 Nov 2011, 10:04 AM EST FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) – The recent deadly explosion in Fairborn might have you thinking more about protecting your home, your neighborhood, and your loved ones. That’s why 2 News is on your side with what you can do before you dig. Marking the lines that are underground is a colorful job that can save lives. When workers like Jim Wooten aren’t called people can die. Investigators say in Fairborn a construction worker hit a gas line causing a deadly blast on Wayne Drive. Vectren says he began digging before he knew what was underground. Brent Coffield of USIC Locating Services, Inc. told 2 News, “There is a lot of hidden things under the street. It’s a maze of things you’d never ever see or think would be there, a lot of which we take for granted.” Ohio law requires you to call the Utilities Protection Service at least two days before you plan to dig. The number is 811. It won’t cost you anything. The utility companies hire contractors like USIC Locating Services, Inc. Coffield suggests if you see someone in your neighborhood getting ready to dig you should make sure that person has called 811. Once contractors arrive on site they use equipment to find lines and mark them. Each color means something different. For instance, yellow signifies gas. Red represents electric power lines and blue drinkable water.