Summer Water Safety Videos
OPG’s new water safety campaign takes viewers on a journey through a miniature world designed to illustrate the dangers of fishing near dams and hydroelectric stations. Signs caution fishermen of the approaching dangers as they wind their boat along gentle waters. Suddenly, the dam gates open, water rushes into their idyllic fishing spot and then – it’s too late. In the end, the viewer is left with a simple, but powerful message, “Ignore the warning signs and this could be for real.”
The Danger is Real
The Making of the Commercial
Visit stayclearstaysafe.ca for more information on how to stay safe on the water this summer.
Stay Clear, Stay Safe
The safety of the public and our staff is Ontario Power Generation's number one priority. Ontario Power Generation operates 65 hydroelectric stations and 240 dams on 24 river systems. Most of these facilities are remotely controlled.
As demand for electricity rises and falls throughout each day, operators stationed many kilometres away open and close dams, and start and stop generating units as needed. This results in frequent and rapid changes in water levels and flows around our facilities - changes that can affect your safety.
A spot that looks calm and safe one moment can become dangerous within a few seconds as water levels and flows change, often without warning. Calm waters or a dry riverbed could change quickly into one with rapidly moving, dangerous waters.
- Obey all warning signs, fences, buoys, booms and barriers. They are put there to protect you. The areas inside are dangerous, stay clear of them.
- Stay a safe distance outside of warning signs, buoys, booms and barriers when fishing, boating or swimming.
- Stay well back from the edge of waters above and below hydroelectric dams and stations.
- Never stand below a dam, or anchor or tie your boat there. Rapidly changing water levels and flows can take you by surprise and could swamp your boat or put you in the grip of an undertow.
Please take a few moments to review our Stay Clear, Stay Safe brochure, which describes the safety precautions you need to take when near hydroelectric stations and dams. Additional water safety resources can be found through the links below as well as to the right.
You can also order a free copy of our new water safety DVD. To order the free DVD email your mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay Clear, Stay Safe
Click here for information on safety around dams and hydro stations. (Available in French.)
OPG proudly supports OFAH TackleShare. The program gives young anglers the opportunity to fish at no cost.
Videos: Safety on the Niagara River
Boaters may be tempted to get close to Niagara Falls, but authorities warn the water is deceiving and dangerous.
Four Seasons Guide
Learn about water safety throughout the seasons.
Water Safety Poster
Know the signs and stay clear. (Available in French.)
A kid's guide to water safety.
(Available in French.)