STAYING SAFE AROUND DAMS


  • Obey all warning signs. These may be fences, buoys, booms and barriers.
  • Avoid areas upstream and downstream of generating facilities including dams, reservoirs, rivers, powerhouses and electrical equipment.
  • Stay a safe distance outside of warning signs, buoys, booms and barriers when swimming, fishing and boating.
  • Stay off hydroelectric dams or station structures, unless there are clearly indicated public walkways, or observation points.
  • Never underestimate dry river beds below dams. They can quickly change into rapidly flowing waterways.
  • Stay well back from the edge of a waterway where footing may be slippery or unstable, or wear a personal flotation device when near the water's edge.
  • Be alert for changes in water levels.
  • Never stand, anchor or tie your boat below a dam. Water levels and flows can change rapidly, swamping your boat or putting you in the grip of an undertow.