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Public Safety

Working Together
to Ensure Public Safety

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 the power, this equipment can be very dangerous. We recognize that public safety is a shared responsibility and requires collaboration to achieve. Below, you will find information to keep yourself, your family and others safe when recreating near our facilities and power lines.

Safety Around Dams

There are two primary areas around hydropower dams that are the most dangerous. This is because there are gates allowing water to go from one side of the dams to the other. This image gives you an idea of the dam danger zones, immediately around the facility. Upstream and downstream of the dams, water (and ice) can be unpredictable and should be avoided. Water levels, currents, and velocity can all change without notice. Boats and people can be trapped in whirlpools. A dry river bed can quickly become a fast-flowing river.

 

General Water Safety Tips
  • Wear a life jacket
  • Look out for submerged objects in the water
  • Never swim alone
  • Keep children within arms reach
  • Always notify others before venturing out

Seasonal Safety Tips

No matter the season, it’s critical to exercise caution around hydropower facilities.

Summer

  • Never fish, boat or swim close to the dam danger zone
  • Do not dive off structures
  • Respect all signs and warning signals
  • Be aware of the weather – weather conditions can affect the water levels

Winter

  • Never snowmobile, ice fish or snowshoe close to the dam danger zone
  • Ice formed over flowing water can be weaker
  • Check ice thickness before moving farther out from shore
  • 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.

Be cautious of overhead power lines, substations, wires and poles when recreating and working outdoors, this equipment is an electrocution hazard. From snowmobiling, to flying kites, cutting and planting trees, to using ladders or heavy equipment, always maintain a safe distance from power lines, substations and electrical infrastructure.

 

Important Power Line Safety Tips
  • Look up and look around for power lines – 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 or throw things over power lines and equipment
  • If you see a downed line, stay back and call 911

If you’re planning to cut trees, ensure you are 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 lines voltage is 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. If an object is within 5 meters of the lines, do not touch it, this is a shock hazard.

Wind & Solar Power Safety

As wind and solar power continues to grow across Canada, the number of facilities in communities has increased. With this rise of technology, it is important to be aware of the safety risks they pose. Although the risk is low near these facilities, please find relevant safety tips below:

  • Never climb a wind turbine or equipment
  • Don’t get close to wind turbines, as ice and snow can fall off of the blades
  • Do not climb or step on solar panels
  • Phone the facility before digging near wind farms to avoid hitting undergound lines
  • Respect all signs

Have questions about your safety?

If this is an emergency, please call 911.

 

Contact Us

Quebec

1.877.986.4364
infolalievre@evolugen.com
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Ontario

1.877.986.4364
ontario.info@evolugen.com

British Columbia

1.604.485.2233
bc.info@evolugen.com
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