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Campaign urges homeowners to call 811 before digging

Sycamore Fire Department officials are advising residents to call 811 before they dig, which is the law in Illinois.

Even the smallest home improvement job such as planting trees or shrubs or installing a fence requires residents and professionals call JULIE, or Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators, at 811 to ensure residents don't damage natal gas lines while digging.

Those planning to dig should call 811 at least 48 hours or two business days before digging to explain where they are digging and what type of work they are planning. Officials will contact the affected local utilities, who will send a locator to mark the location of underground lines, pipes and cables.

The Sycamore Fire Department regularly responds to natural gas lines being struck and damaged while residents or professionals are digging for various reasons. Damaging a natural gas line can be dangerous and potentially life threatening, causing injury, damage to property and the environment.

If you strike a natural gas line while digging, immediately call 911.

For information, call James Ward, Sycamore Fire Department's fire prevention coordinator, at 815-895-4514.

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