Respect Signs and Barriers at OPG Facilities
TORONTO, June 30, 2017 /CNW/ - As cities and towns across the country prepare to celebrate Canada Day 150, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is advising people to stay clear of hydroelectric dams and generating stations.
"Water is pure, raw power – power we need to respect at all times," says Mike Martelli, OPG's President, Renewable Generation and Power Marketing. "This year we've seen historic high water levels across the province which means there is an added danger."
OPG owns and operates 66 hydroelectric generating stations and 240 dams across the province. Most hydroelectric facilities are remotely controlled by operators located many kilometers away. Dams can open, and stations can start up at anytime of the day, which can alter calm looking waters into fast rising and turbulent flowing rivers with powerful currents and strong undertows.
"Stay Clear, Stay Safe is a message OPG repeatedly tells the public through the use of TV, radio, social media, digital and print ads," says Martelli. "Despite continued warnings, some people disregard OPG signs and barriers, putting themselves at risk. We work with the Ontario Provincial Police to enforce these warnings, and charges can and have been laid."
The Canada Day holiday typically marks the end of a school year. Many families will be out fishing, boating, swimming and hiking throughout the province. The waterways near OPG's facilities are not a safe place for recreation. Before participating in any outdoor water recreational activity, OPG is advising the public to first visit www.opg.com/watersafety.
Enjoy Canada Day – stay clear, stay safe!
OPG Generates safe, clean, reliable, low-cost power for Ontario. More than 99 per cent of this power is free of smog and greenhouse gas emissions. OPG's power is priced 40 per cent lower than other generators, which helps moderate customer bills.
SOURCE Ontario Power Generation Inc.
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