Florida Public Utilities




Excavation Safety Starts with You

Preventing excavation incidents is our responsibility and our top priority. Let’s make it yours, too.

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Avoid Excavation Incidents

Striking or damaging an underground gas line is extremely dangerous. Before digging, always dial 811. A representative will work with you to specifically locate marked and unmarked utility lines. Take a proactive and preventative approach by contacting 811 two full business days before your project start date.

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Practice Safe Excavation

After consulting an FPU representative, proceed with caution. Become familiar with “Tolerance Zones” and operate accordingly. Also, be sure to use proper excavation methods and tools. And, please remember, it is your responsibility to notify the Member Operator of any contact to their line.

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Help Protect the Communities We Serve

Consider this critical information as your friendly reminder regarding underground utility and natural gas line safety. Take the time to review excavation precautions to better protect individuals and families from the dangers associated. Let us hold each other accountable as we work to improve public safety.

Know what’s below.

Call 811 Before You Dig.

Oil Petroleum Flags

Temporary Survey Markers
Potable Water
Reclaimed Water, Irrigation
Pre-Marking Dig Site

Dig Carefully

Flag Tolerance Zone

Once the underground line is marked, you must take care when excavating around a marked underground line. When excavating within 24 inches of either side of a mark for an underground line (known as the “Tolerance Zone”), excavators must use safe excavation practices such as potholing, hand digging or vacuum excavation methods. You must use caution when working around an exposed underground line, and you must notify the Member Operator of any contact to its lines.

Marking is approximate. Dig carefully near flags.

Underground Facility Damage Prevention and Safety Act

Florida Statutes, Chapter 556 – Underground Facility Damage Prevention and Safety Act, lists all of the guidelines that excavators and Member Operators must abide by to safely address digging near and around underground lines. Also included in this rule are the penalties and fines for noncompliance with these regulations.

Contact FPU

For more information or if you would like to have an FPU representative come and meet with you or your team regarding underground natural gas lines, please contact us using this form.

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A subsidiary of Chesapeake Utiltiies Corporation

Florida Public Utilities is a subsidiary of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation. Chesapeake Utilities Corporation and its affiliate and subsidiary companies are not, nor have ever been, affiliated with Chesapeake Energy Corporation. Chesapeake Energy Corporation is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on June 28, 2020.