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Precautions Around Dams

Getting too close to dams, hydroelectric stations, and surrounding waterways is always risky. An area that seems calm and safe one moment can quickly turn into a dangerous surge of rising, fast water that can harm those who venture too close. Accidents can be avoided by simply staying clear of the restricted zones at dams, being aware of the potential dangers caused by the operation of dams and obeying all warning devices.

Safety Around Dams

For your own safety near a hydroelectric facility, make sure that you:

  • Obey all warning signs, barriers and flashing lights, horns and sirens. Always stay outside buoy lines.
  • Stay well back from the edge of waters above and below dams, and stay off dams or hydroelectric structures.
  • Never stand below a dam, or anchor or tie your boat there. Reverse currents occur below dams. They can pull a boat back toward the dam into the spillway and capsize it.
  • When swimming, fishing, boating or paddling in a river, beware of the water level and check upstream frequently for any sign of increasing currents or rising water. If the water level is rising or the flow is speeding up, get out of the water or move your boat downstream. Never swim or wade near a dam.
  • In winter, don’t risk walking onto a river or lake around dams where the ice may be thin due to the current. Changing water levels can crack the ice leaving it weak and unstable.
  • Always wear a life jacket and remember to bring a cell phone and contact 9-1-1 in an emergency.
  • Teach children to stay clear and stay safe!

Energy Saving Tip

Have your home checked for leaky ducts, drafts around doors and windows, fireplace dampers, and other places where air might escape.

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Gas Meter Safety

Keep your natural gas meter dry and clear of snow and ice at all times to avoid the potential for dangerous indoor natural gas buildup.

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