Coast Electric Power Association warns players of the augmented reality game Pokémon Go to stay away from power lines, transformers and substations when playing the game.
Coast Electric encourages users to exercise extreme caution when playing this new global phenomenon. Electric utilities cannot control where the Pokémon appear, making it important for players to make sure they catch their Pokémon from a safe distance.
The game allows players to train, battle and capture Pokémon through “geocaching,” during which players use their phones to hunt the characters hiding in the real world. Online threads are reporting the “electric” type Pokémon can be found near electrical sites.
Coast Electric encourages parents of children who play the game to talk to them about how to be safe around electricity.
Important safety tips:
- Stay away from power lines, transformers, substations and electrical work sites.
- Never jump on, sit on, kick or stick anything inside a transformer, including padmount transformers.
- Do not climb power poles or throw things into power lines.
- Stay away from power lines that have fallen because they can still be energized.
- Power lines near trees also pose a danger; exercise caution and check for power lines before climbing a tree.