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Most tent stakes are installed between 2 and 4 feet deep. Safe tenting begins with knowing what is under ground prior to installation.
This includes all tent installations, such as:
– Residential Back Yards
– Universities
– City Property
– Ground Breaking for construction projects

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Pennsylvania State Law

Drawing Credit -  Anchor Installation Guide
Drawing Credit - Anchor Installation Guide

Law requires contractors and tent installers to contact the PA One Call System to locate all underground utilities prior to installation of tents where below-surface anchoring is used.


The tent company scheduling the installation must make the call to request public utility marking at least 3 business days prior to the installation. PA One Call provides this service coordination on behalf of all utilities so the customer will not have to guess what utilities exist on their site.  When requesting the service, we provide a general description of the area of the property where the tent will be is located. The markings are usually done with spray paint on the grass, black top, or concrete surface.

The customer is required to arrange ground markings of all private utilities underground at the site where the tent is to be installed. The tent rental company can not be held responsible for accidentally damaging an private underground utility when its location is not physically marked.
Markings should include private utilities such as
* sprinkler and water lines
* electrical and communication lines
* sewer and storm water drain lines
* any other underground utilities particular to the property


Pennsylvania Safety Days Training

Every year,  PA One Call holds Safety Day events across the state to help increase the public and contractor awareness of different products and services that are available to promote safe operations.  The recent event included vendors of specialized digging products, workplace safety presentations by OSHA, hands on displays showing cause and effect surrounding underground activities.  Event Central has provided tenting to support many of these Central PA events.

PA Safety Day - Surface color code markings for underground utility lines
PA Safety Day - Surface color code markings for underground utility lines
Safety Days Check In
Safety Days Check In
OSHA Presentation - part of the educational series
OSHA Presentation - part of the educational series


Training aid - high voltage line came in contact a shovel
Training aid - high voltage line came in contact a shovel


PA One Call – Contact Us

Dial 8-1-1 or 1-800-242-1776

If planning to dig, you will need to have the underground lines marked. Designing a project, no matter how big or small, you need to know the location of the underground lines. To place a dig or design notification in Pennsylvania, please call 8-1-1 or 1-800-242-1776 (outside PA)

Contact our Administrative offices call 1-800-248-1786
Contact us by mail
925 Irwin Run Road
West Mifflin, PA  15122

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