Don't take a holiday from water safety

Residents urged to "Stay Clear, Stay Safe" of OPG dams and stations

TORONTO, Dec. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - With the holidays upon us, people will be heading outside to enjoy snowmobiling, cross- country skiing and other winter activities.  Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is warning people to stay clear of hydroelectric dams and stations.

The waterways near OPG facilities 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.

"The key to making the most of winter recreation is simple - stay clear, stay safe," said OPG's Frank Chiarotto, Senior Vice President Hydro Thermal Operatons. "Please remember to use caution when near water and especially near our facilities, and always obey all warnings signs."

The areas near OPG dams and hydroelectric stations have warning signs, buoys, fences and barriers to warn people of the dangers of getting too close.

Visit to view OPG water safety education materials and public service announcements.

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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