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"Water levels can rise in a matter of seconds."

Water Safety Public Service Announcements

OPG runs public service announcements warning about the dangers of water near its hydroelectric dams and generating stations.

“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.”


Water Safety Sponsorships

Come visit with us and learn more about water safety at one of the following sponsored events:

Get a complimentary water safety bag (while supplies last) along with water safety educational materials for both adults and kids.

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 there to protect you. The areas inside are dangerous, so please stay clear of them.
  • Stay a safe distance outside of warning signs, buoys, booms and barriers when snowmobiling, fishing, or boating.
  • Stay well back from the edge of waters or ice 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, and deceptively thin ice could crack and give way.

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.