Columbia Gas of Ohio has unleashed its new safety mascot, Digger Dog.
Digger Dog, a 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.
“Digger Dog is the perfect ambassador for these important safety messages,” said Dan Creekmur, president of Columbia Gas of Ohio. “We’re excited to introduce him to communities throughout the state.”
Since 2012, there have been more than 1,000 gas lines damaged in the state because people did not call 811. 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.
“We also feel Digger Dog will be a great role model for children and have a lasting impact on them,” Creekmur said. “Children are the homeowners and excavators of tomorrow, so it’s important to educate them on these messages early in life.”
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 Columbia Gas of Ohio at 1-800-344-4077 and 911.