Why does pipeline safety matter to me?
You may not realize it, but there could be underground utility lines on or near your property or worksite. Digging or excavating near these pipelines is dangerous, whether you’re digging a small hole for a fencepost or excavating an entire lot.
Call 811 before you dig
What you can’t see can hurt you, so before you reach for a shovel, reach for the phone and call Sunshine 811. One easy call to 811 starts the process of getting underground utility lines marked. Make that call at least two full business days before you start digging; utility company locators will mark the approximate location and type of underground utilities with paint and flags. This is a free service.
Awareness is the answer
Please call FPL at one of the emergency numbers below if you observe any signs of a leak, unusual conditions or abnormal activities in the pipeline corridor.
Signs of leaks and ruptures
- Pooling black petroleum (oil pipeline)
- Strong petroleum smell or a sulphur smell like rotten eggs (gas pipeline)
- Dead vegetation near a pipeline
- Hissing, gurgling or roaring sound
- Unauthorized digging
- Suspected tampering
Call one of the following numbers if you have an emergency. Operators are on duty 24 hours a day.
- Palm Beach, Martin, Seminole and Volusia counties – (561) 844-5084
- Manatee County – (941) 722-1163
- Broward County – (954) 525-9275
Learn more from our Pipeline Safety brochure
Download our pipeline safety brochure for more information about pipeline safety tips and FPL’s pipeline operations.