Stay Clear, Stay Safe This March Break

Manitou Generating Station (CNW Group/Ontario Power Generation Inc.)

Warmer temperatures can increase dangers with ice and water

March Break is a great time to get outside with family and friends, but Ontario Power Generation (OPG) reminds all to exercise caution around the province’s waterways, and especially around OPG dams and hydroelectric stations.

Warmer temperatures at this time of year bring with them melting snow, which can mean high, fast-moving water in places. Even when it cools back down, a period of above-zero-degree temperatures can have an impact on ice stability.

No matter the temperature, it’s dangerous to assume ice in areas around hydroelectric stations is safe. Water flow, fluctuating water levels and other factors can contribute to unsafe conditions. As well, at this time of year especially, the banks along waterways can be slippery and unstable, and the extremely cold water temperature can mean fast onset of hypothermia.

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“We hope students, educators and their families have an opportunity to enjoy March Break safely,” said Paul Seguin, OPG SVP, Renewable Generation. “Remember, warmer days plus colder nights can mean weaker ice. Please stay away from water above and below hydro facilities and obey all warning signs and barriers.”


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