|Stay Clear Stay Safe This Thanksgiving Weekend |
TORONTO, Oct. 7, 2016 /CNW/ - As you celebrate with family and friends this holiday weekend, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) reminds you to exercise extreme caution near waterways, particularly on rivers and lakes near hydroelectric dams. This time of year is a popular time for hikers, anglers, hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts.
"Enjoy the scenic beauty of Ontario this holiday weekend, but please remember water conditions can change rapidly and without warning," says Mike Martelli, President Renewable Generation and Power Marketing. "Warning signs surrounding our hydroelectric facilities, and safety booms and barriers, are there for your safety. Stay clear, stay safe this Thanksgiving."
Most hydroelectric facilities are remotely controlled by operators located many kilometres away. Dams can be opened or stations can be started up throughout the day. This causes frequent and rapid changes in water levels and flow. These changing conditions create strong undertows, turbulence and sudden, powerful gushes of water moving downstream in what was once calm-looking surface water.
It is important to obey all warning signs, and respect safety booms, fences and "no trespassing" signs. Trespassers have and will be charged. Please remember: Stay Clear, Stay Safe.
To learn more about water safety, please visit www.opg.com/watersafety and www.stayclearstaysafe.ca
Ontario Power Generation Inc 10/7/2016