Quick Start Guide Electric Utilities


Hydroelectric Dam Safety

Why Address This Issue? Hydroelectric power stations, their dams, and

surrounding waters may present significant hazards to the unwary. Boaters, fishermen, and swimmers who enter restricted areas may come too close to these facilities and risk serious injury or drowning. Waters that appear tranquil and safe can become dangerous within seconds when currents change without warning. Calm waters below a dam can instantly become violent when operational requirements necessitate the sudden release of water through spillways or spillway gates. The public may be warned of these hazards by means of safety signs, audible alarms, fences, buoys, and floating booms. Safety messages relating to use of the waters near these facilities should emphasize the importance of adhering to the posted and audible warnings.


Developing a Public Safety Communications Program

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