Staying clear of hydroelectric stations and dams is the recipe for staying safe

Thin ice and winter recreation are a dangerous mix

TORONTO, Jan. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - With the unseasonably warm weather expected this weekend in parts of Ontario, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is warning people to stay clear of the areas near generating stations and dams.

"Thin ice and winter activities don't mix. Our message is a simple one - stay clear, stay safe," said OPG's Senior Vice President Hydro-Thermal Operations Frank Chiarotto.

The waterways near hydroelectric dams and stations are not safe places for recreation at any time of the year. In winter, ice forming near a dam or hydroelectric station can be thinner and less consistent than ice in other locations because of changing water flows beneath it.

Areas near OPG dams and hydroelectric stations have warning signs, buoys, fences, booms and barriers to warn people of the dangers of coming too close. Please obey them.

Visit www.stayclearstaysafe.ca/ for an online game about the dangers of thin ice near hydro dams and view a public service announcement from the Ontario Provincial Police and OPG.

SOURCE: Ontario Power Generation Inc.

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