Don't take a holiday from water safety

OPG dams are no place to enjoy winter sports

TORONTO, Dec. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is urging people to stay clear of its hydroelectric stations and dams and use extra caution on lakes and rivers this holiday season

"Our message is simple: Stay Clear! Stay Safe!" said OPG Senior Vice President of Hydro - Thermal Operations, Mike Martelli. This is a great time to enjoy the outdoors but people should stay away from our hydroelectric dams and stations. These areas are never safe for recreational activities."

Despite recent cold weather it's not unusual for some areas of the province to experience above freezing temperatures and rain over the holiday period. This will mean increased water flows on Ontario waterways.

The water near dams is always flowing, which means ice near them does not form as solidly as it does on still water.  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 the water flow and levels.

The Ontario Provincial Police and Ontario Power Generation have a new public service announcement (PSA) warning people of the dangers near hydroelectric dams and stations. Visit www.opg.com/watersafety to watch the "The Danger is Real", and look at other resources that will help you and your family stay safe this winter.

SOURCE: Ontario Power Generation Inc.

For further information:

Ontario Power Generation
Media Relations
416-592-4008 or 1-877-592-4008
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