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"Don't ignore the warning sign - your life could be on the line."

Water Safety Public Service Announcements

Ontario Power Generation has launched a new water safety campaign with a public service announcement featuring the harrowing tale of Dammy the Beaver.

An avid angler, Dammy learns firsthand about the dangers of fishing near hydro dams and generating stations. His message to everyone tempted by the waters in and around such structures is to stay clear, stay safe because your life may be on the line.

“OPG has a longstanding commitment to promoting water safety,” says Jennifer Rowe, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs. “More than a third of our power comes from renewable hydroelectric generation, so we’re always exploring new ways to keep the 'stay clear, stay safe' message fresh and memorable.”


Stay Clear, Stay Safe

The safety of the public and our staff is our number one priority. OPG operates 66 hydroelectric stations and 241 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. Water that looks safe may become turbulent with little or no warning.

For your safety near a hydroelectric dam or station:

  • 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, anchor or tie your boat below a dam. Rapidly changing water levels and flows can take you by surprise.

Dam Safety and Emergency Response

Our hydro stations and dams are inspected, assessed, monitored and maintained in accordance with Canadian Dam Association standards andOPG has developed a reputation as a world leader in dam safety.

We work closely with our host communities, conservation authorities and provincial agencies, as well as with a wide range of stakeholder groups, on emergency planning, watershed management, and flood response. We meet with emergency responders and stakeholders on a regular basis to ensure they are familiar with local hydroelectric dams and generating stations, and the procedures that are followed in an emergency, such as a flood or dam failure. Emergency responders also participate in drills of those procedures. It’s worth noting that neither OPG nor its predecessor company has ever had a dam failure.

Resource materials

The cover of OPG's water safety brochureWater safety brochure
Our Stay Clear, Stay Safe brochure describes the safety precautions you need to take when near hydroelectric stations and dams.

Water Safety Kids Guide
A kid's guide to water safety.