Unofficial start of summer means added focus on water safety

May 15, 2009


    Get caught near a power dam and you can be charged and fined $2,000

    TORONTO, May 15 /CNW/ - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Ontario
Power Generation (OPG) are reminding people to use care around lakes and
rivers this Victoria Day.
    Victoria Day is traditionally the "unofficial" start of summer, which
means increased use of Ontario's lakes and rivers. While all waterways should
be treated with respect, boaters should use extra care on lakes and rivers
that have OPG dams and stations.
    Hydroelectric facilities are often remotely controlled to generate
electricity as needed. This causes frequent and rapid changes in the water
flow and levels often creating strong undertows, turbulence and sudden,
powerful surges 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. People
ignoring these signs can 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, 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

    Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is celebrating its 10th year of serving
the province. Building on a proud history, OPG provides the people and
industry of Ontario with clean, safe and reliable electricity - just as it's
always done.




For further information:

For further information: OPG MEDIA CONTACT: Media Desk, 1-877-592-4008
or (416) 592-4008; OPP MEDIA CONTACT: Sgt Dave Moffatt, Marine Programs,
Ontario Provincial Police, Off: (705) 329-6125, Cell: (705) 644-1097