Longer days and the warmth of a crackling campfire awaken the outdoor enthusiast in all of us. While it’s a perfect time to take a paddle on a sparkling lake or search for that elusive fishing spot, there are a few things you need to remember to have a fun and safe summer.

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) operates 66 hydroelectric stations and 241 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 unfa- miliar 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 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