TORONTO, Sept. 3 /CNW/ - As the Labour Day weekend approaches, Ontario
Provincial Police (OPP) and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) are reminding
people to use care near lakes and rivers, and especially near hydro
"Our message is: stay clear, stay safe. Frequent and rapid changes in the
water flow create dangerous turbulence and strong undercurrents, which are not
always apparent from the calm looking surface waters," says John Murphy, OPG's
Executive Vice- President Hydro.
OPP Sergeant Dave Moffatt adds, "For their own safety, boaters need to
stay clear of Hydro dams and stations." In addition Moffatt urges boaters to
wear an approved lifejacket or personal flotation device (PFD): "A life jacket
doesn't do you any good stored under the seat or even placed next to you. You
have to wear it."
All waterways where an OPG dam or hydroelectric station is located have
warning signs, buoys, fences, booms and barriers. For your own safety - obey
all warnings. People trespassing on OPG property could face charges and fines
of up to $2,000.
OPG offers the public a number of educational materials on water safety
around dams and hydroelectric stations including a brochure, DVD and activity
booklet for kids. You can request free educational materials by visiting:
For further information:
For further information: OPG Media Relations, 1-877-592-4008 or (416)