Dog mascot reminds you to call 811 before you dig

Digger Dog, Columbia Gas of Ohio mascot.
Digger Dog, Columbia Gas of Ohio mascot.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – He’s off his leash and he’s begging. Begging you to be careful when you do any digging on your property!

Columbia Gas of Ohio introduces its new safety mascot, Digger Dog. The friendly beagle with a wagging tail, huge smile and a yellow safety vest, educates the public about the importance of calling 811 before digging, as well as what to do if you smell natural gas. Since 2012, there have been more than 1,000 gas lines damaged in the state because people did not call 811.

“Digger Dog is the perfect ambassador for these important safety messages,” says Dan Creekmur, president of Columbia Gas of Ohio. “We’re excited to introduce him to communities throughout the state.”

However, Ohio law says that everyone must call 811 at least two business days before digging. 811 is the state’s free service to request that utilities mark their underground lines.

Tuesday was National Safe Digging day.

Digger Dog will also be using his sense of smell to raise awareness about what to do if you smell gas. If the air smells like rotten eggs, if you see dying vegetation or bubbling water, or hear a hissing sound, immediately leave the area and call your natural gas utility.


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