A warning sign on the surrounding fence of a Hydro Ottawa power station reads Danger. High Voltage.

Substations

Substations are facilities that contain a wide variety of equipment, including transformers that reduce the voltage carried in transmission lines to levels appropriate for distribution throughout the city. You can recognize substations throughout the city as they are well marked with signs warning you to keep away because equipment and structures in substations are always electrically charged.

To ensure your safety, never enter a substation or attempt to climb a substation fence. If you do, you could receive a serious and potentially fatal shock.

Avoid playing near substations, especially with balls, frisbees, or other items that could fly over the fence. If you do lose something in a substation, do not attempt to retrieve it yourself. Call Hydro Ottawa for assistance.

If you come across a substation that has an open gate, damaged fence, or that has been vandalized in any way, contact Hydro Ottawa immediately. The damages could present serious safety risks and should be repaired as soon as possible.

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