Make Safety a Priority
Evolugen is committed to providing a safe recreational experience at the places we operate whether they be in water or on land. Whether they be hydropower, solar, or wind facilities, or the power lines that carry electricity, this equipment can be very dangerous for those who are not aware of the risks. We recognize that public safety is a shared responsibility between the public and our company, and requires collaboration to achieve.
Below, you will find information to keep yourself and your loved ones safe when recreating near our facilities and power lines.
Water Safety Close to Dams
The most dangerous drowning hazards are close to dams, on each side of the structure, as illustrated on the right. This is because there are gates, often located under the water surface, allowing water to go from one side of the dams to the other. This image shows the dam danger zones, immediately around the facility. Upstream and downstream of the dams, water (and ice) conditions are unpredictable. Water levels, currents, and velocity can all change suddenly and without notice. Boats and people can be trapped in whirlpools. A dry river bed can quickly become a fast-flowing river. In the wintertime, the ice around dams is thinner. Stay away from dams all year long.
General Water Safety Tips
- Wear a life jacket
- Never swim alone
- Look out for submerged objects
- Keep children within arms reach
- Watch for changing weather conditions
Seasonal Safety Tips
- Never fish in water, boat or swim close to the dam danger zones
- Do not dive off structures
- Respect all signs and warning signals
- Never snowmobile, ice fish or snowshoe close to the dam danger zones
- Never go on frozen lakes or rivers unless you are on a designated trail or have measured the ice thickness
- Respect all signs and warning signals
Power Line Safety
Electrical equipment is something that we are familiar with and see in our everyday lives but can be very dangerous for those unaware of the risks.
Shock hazards can occur in multiple ways, such as a person touching an electric cable, but they can also occur when a person is close to a line, without even touching anything. It is also extremely dangerous to be in contact with an object that is too close to a line, even though that object may not be touching a cable.
Be cautious of overhead power lines, substations, wires and poles when recreating and working outdoors, simply going too close can trigger a shock. From snowmobiling, to flying kites, to cutting trees, to using ladders or heavy equipment, always maintain a safe distance from power lines and electrical infrastructure. Never enter a substation.
Important Power Line Safety Tips
- Look up and look around for power lines – consider that weather conditions can change the height of power lines
- Never climb on towers or equipment
- Maintain a safe distance from power lines, towers and equipment
- Do not touch objects or equipment, like a tree or a ladder, that are near power lines
- Do not touch or throw things over power lines and equipment
- If you see a downed or broken line, stay back and call 911
If you’re planning to cut trees, ensure you’re more than 30 meters (100 feet) away from power lines.
When doing outdoor work near high-voltage lines, please familiarize yourself with the guidelines set out in the For Your Safety and Ours brochure. The Evolugen lines voltage can be up to 1000 times more powerful than a regular outlet you would find in your home. Anything or anyone within 5 meters of the lines could be electrocuted without even touching anything, just by being too close. If an object is within 5 meters of the lines, do not touch it, this is a shock hazard.
Safety Near Wind & Solar Power Facilities
As wind and solar power continues to grow across Canada, the number of facilities in communities has increased. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the safety risks they pose to people getting too close to them. Please find safety tips below:
- Never climb a wind tower or associated equipment
- Don’t get close to wind turbines, as ice and snow can be thrown or fall off of the blades
- Do not climb or step on solar panels
- Check the location of underground high voltage cables before digging near wind farms
- Respect all signs