Hydroelectric Dams and Stations Are Not Recreational Places

Sunshine and Pokémon Can Be Found At Other Less Dangerous Places

TORONTO, July 29, 2016 /CNW/ - Whether your town or city celebrates the upcoming holiday as Simcoe Day, Joseph Brant Day, Colonel By Day, Civic Holiday or Emancipation Day, the mid summer long-weekend is a time to put safety above all else, especially near OPG's hydro dams and stations.  Obey the signs, booms, buoys and barriers and stay clear of hydro dams and stations.

"Many have heard about or even played the highly popular Pokémon Go game," said Ted Gruetzner, OPG's Vice President of Corporate Relations and Communications. "Tracking Pikachu or Jigglypuff might be fun, just don't do it near any of our generating stations or dams."

OPG owns and operates 65 hydroelectric generating stations and 240 dams across the province. In areas surrounding these stations, changing water levels and strong undertows can happen quickly. Disobeying warning signs and barriers is dangerous. Charges can and have been laid in cases where people trespass.

"We take safety seriously," says Gruetzner. "Stay Clear, Stay Safe is our message."

Through its nuclear, hydro and biomass generating facilities OPG provides about half the power Ontario relies on. The electricity OPG produces is more than 99 per cent free of greenhouse gas and smog causing emissions.

To view OPG's public service TV ad, The Power of Water, and to learn more about water safety, visit www.opg.com/watersafety.

Enjoy a safe holiday weekend.

SOURCE Ontario Power Generation Inc.

For further information: Ontario Power Generation, Media Relations, 416-592-4008 or 1-877-592-4008, Follow us @opg


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