Stay Clear Stay Safe
After a long and hot summer, it’s easy to let down your guard where water safety is concerned. Though you may feel invincible with the sun on your back and a warm autumn breeze in the air, there are a few things you need to remember to have a fun and safe fall.
Ontario Power Generation (OPG) operates 65 hydroelectric stations and 240 dams on 24 river systems across the province. As most of these facilities are remotely-controlled by operators many kilometres away, it’s important to pay attention to the warning signs. Dams are opened and closed to manage river flows, and start or stop generators throughout the day and night. This results in frequent, rapid and dangerous changes in water levels and flows that can prove dangerous to those who venture too close.
Luckily, staying safe is as easy as staying clear. When travelling on unfamiliar paths or waterways, be sure to stay alert. If you come across caution signs, fences, buoys, booms or barriers take heed; they are there for your protection. Never stand or tie your boat below a dam, stay off hydroelectric station structures, and stand well back from the edge of waters above or below dams and hydroelectric stations.
Even if you can’t see a generating station or dam, waterways upstream and downstream can still be affected by its operation. Protect yourself by staying aware of the water level and any sign of increasing currents. If the water level is rising or the flow is speeding up, get out of the water or move your boat downstream.
As part of its commitment to public safety, OPG runs public service announcements on TV and radio which speak to the power of water and its danger near dams and hydroelectric stations. For more information about OPG’s water safety program, please visit www.opg.com/watersafety.
As Ontario’s Publicly – Owned Electricity Generator, OPG Wants You To Be Safe All Year Round. Please Obey All Signs, Fences, Buoys and Booms In Areas Surrounding Our Facilities, and Remember: Stay Clear. Stay Safe. – Jeff Lyash, president and CEO