"STAY CLEAR! STAY SAFE" OPG warns that warmer weather means faster and higher water

Apr 8, 2009


    TORONTO, April 8 /CNW/ - Ontario Power Generation (OPG) officials are
reminding parents to use extreme care around Ontario waterways this spring,
particularly on rivers and lakes that are near hydroelectric stations and
dams.
    "Our message is: Stay Clear! Stay Safe!" said Dave Heath, Plant Manager
for OPG's Niagara Plant Group.
    "Easter is the first long weekend so people start to think about being
outdoors. Fishing and boating season is right around the corner and this is
the perfect time to go over water safety plans with your friends and family,"
he added.
    Most hydroelectric facilities are remotely controlled by operators who
may be kilometres away. To meet the fluctuating demand for electricity
throughout the day, these operators open or close dams or start or stop
generators as needed. This causes frequent and rapid changes in the water flow
and levels often creating strong undertows, turbulence, and sudden, powerful
gushes of water moving downstream in what was once calm looking surface water.
    All waterways where an OPG dam or hydroelectric station is located have
well-positioned warning signs, buoys, fences, booms, and barriers.
    "They are there for the public's safety and to let everyone know that the
areas around the signs are dangerous, so Stay Clear! Stay Safe says Heath.

    OPG offers the public a number of educational materials on water safety
around dams and hydroelectric stations including a brochure, a DVD for adults
and an educational interactive computer game for children. The OPP and OPG
also have a television ad that warns people to stay clear, and stay safe near
hydroelectric dams and stations. You can view the ad, or request free
educational materials, by visiting www.opg.com





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