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Staying safe at our facilities

Stay safe around dams

​Although visiting dams, reservoirs and generating stations can be interesting and even fun, it’s important to remember that these facilities are used to generate electricity. Hazards do exist and while some are more obvious than others, there are important steps you can take to stay safe.

  • keep a safe distance away from dams, powerhouses and electric equipment unless you’re being supervised by facility personnel
  • abide by all warning safety signs
  • respect fenced, marked and gated areas and stay outside of safety booms, markers and buoys
  • keep children safe by supervising them at all times
  • be aware that water levels can change quickly and unexpectedly
  • remain alert for audible warnings like sirens
  • don’t stand or tie / anchor your boat below a dam since rapid and unexpected changes in water flows and levels can create significant hazards
  • keep a safe distance from waterways that could have unstable footing or slippery banks
  • remember that in winter, changing water levels and currents can cause gaps to form under ice, so activities like snowmobiling, skating, cross-country skiing and walking on reservoirs and rivers near dams and generating stations should always be avoided

Staying safe on reservoirs

Depending on the demand for electricity service, reservoir water levels can rise or fall on a daily basis, so fishing, swimming or boating above or below dams and generating stations can be dangerous.

Staying out of all restricted areas and obeying all warning signs is an essential first step to staying safe. You also need to be aware that floating debris and concealed hazards (especially in shallow shoreline areas) can accompany changes in water levels.

And remember, boaters are required to adhere to all regulations of the Canadian Coast Guard and always practice safe boating practices.