Winter Water Can Pose Additional Dangers

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

The Family Day long weekend is a great time for winter activities, but Ontario Power Generation (OPG) reminds you to stay away from hydroelectric facilities while you’re enjoying the great outdoors.

Regardless of 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.

Please stay away from water above and below hydro facilities, and obey all warning signs and barriers.

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Quick facts

  • OPG operates 66 hydroelectric stations and 241 dams on 24 Ontario river systems.
  • Many of these facilities are remote controlled, meaning there’s no one there to warn you of imminently changing, potentially dangerous conditions.
  • For your safety, do not snowmobile, ski, icefish or participate in any other activity around dams and generating stations.


“Though the province has had many very cold, snowy days so far in 2022, ice in areas around hydroelectric stations can be deceptively thin,” said Paul Seguin, OPG Senior Vice President, Renewable Generation. “Please, as part of enjoying the Family Day long weekend, ensure you, your children and your pets stay safe and stay clear of these areas.”

SOURCE Ontario Power Generation Inc.


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